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Obituaries in the Hillsboro Reflector


September 30, 1886 - Death of C. T. Booth - Died in this city Monday afternoon, September 27th, 1886, at 3 o’clock, after a ?????? ?????? of congestion of the boaels, Charles T. Booth, aged 46 years, 11 months, and 25 days. (Note: the obituary is barely legible and only what can be read is printed below) Was a confederate solder. Left a wife and four children, a father. His funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock, quite a number of citizens following the remains to the grave. He was buried with Masonic honors, he being a member of that fraternity.

October 21, 1886 - Ellington - Died at 1:20 this morning at her residence in this city, on church street, after a protracted spell of typhomalarial fever, attended with serious compilations, Mrs. W. H. Ellington. Mrs. Ellington was the wife of one of our leading merchants, whose many friends condole with him in this sad bereavement. Her loving and affectionate mother and brothers, and many friends attended her in her last hours, and erred every possible human effort to make her dying bed, as soft as downy pillows. A true woman and devoted wife has passed away, leaving a void in a happy family circle, which never can be filled. Her remains were carried to her old home, at Pilot Point, for interment. May God relieve the distress of her sorrow-stricken husband and other near relatives and friends, is our most ernest prayer.

October 21, 1886 - Porter - At his late residence, in Peoria, died Tuesday, October 19th, 1886, Dr. John D. Porter, age 83 years. The deceased was a highly respected ??????? and citizen of this county. He was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, February 7th, 1803, and moved to Paris, Henry County, Tennessee, when quite a young man, and remained there engaged in the practice of his profession up to the time he moved to Hill County in 1859, settling at Peoria, where he lived up to his death, honored and respected by all who knew him. To his bereave sons and daughters, and many relatives we extend our sympathy. A large concourse of people attended the funeral. A good man gone to meet his angel wife in Heaven.

October 28, 1886 - Died at the old homestead on the river, Sunday morning about ?? o’clock, the 17 inst., Mr. John B. Collins of consumption. His death was not ?????????, though much regretted by this whole community. He leaves a wife and several children. His remains was interred at Towash, the Knights of Honor, of which order he was a member, conducting the ceremonies.

November 11, 1886 - William Peyton killed by the Cash Brothers - Hubbard City, Nov 8 - Yesterday William Peyton was shot and killed by the Cash boys from whom he had rented a farm about eight miles west of this place. From what the neighbors say your correspondent learned that a few weeks ago the Cash brothers and Peyton had a dispute about money matters and bad blood was stirred up between them. As Peyton did not settle the matter at the time the Cash brothers had his crops, stock and chattels, attached some ten days ago and yesterday went to the place to effect a settlement, so say their friends. They claim they had not been there long before Peyton opened fire on them, discharging four shots at them. They say they both pulled their guns and put three balls into him, while others allege that before Peyton died he got in ten shots. The deceased is well known in this section and has always been regarded as a bad man. He has it is said himself caused three men to pass in their chips and was once pursued into Oregon by a relative of a man whom he killed. The two Cash boys engaged in this scrape have borne a bad reputation and have been avoided by peaceable citizens. They have agreed to surrender to the authorities tomorrow. Detective Amonett of Waco who is a cousin of the dead man arrived here this evening.

November 18, 1886 - Whitney Items - R. M. Elder and his lady had the misfortune to loose their infant babe Saturday night.

November 18, 1886 - Whitney Items - Died of slow fever, Saturday, Miss Annie Porter. Her remains were interred in the family burial grounds at Peoria Sunday. The Messenger extends its sympathies to the bereaved parents in their sad affliction.

November 25, 1886 - Whitney Items - Died - After a lingering illness of slow fever, Mr. Bob Simmons passed away last Friday evening. Out sympathies goes out to his bereaved wife and children.

November 25, 1886 - Whitney Items - Died - Last Thursday morning at 5 o’clock a.m., Geo B. Gage after a lingering illness of several weeks with slow fever. his death cast a gloom over our entire town for no one ever had the respect of citizens to a greater extent than did he. His funeral, though the weather was bad, was the largest ever in Whitney. His remains were interred at Peoria.

November 25, 1886 - Mrs. Frances J. C. Leland, wife of ex-Postmaster Oscar H. Leland of this city, is dead, age fifty-five years. The deceased was eminent as an educator for nearly twenty years and was the founder of Leland Seminary, which attained high rank as an educational institution. The funeral, will not take place until Wednesday, and as a mark of respect, the superintendent of public schools has ordered the white schools closed on the day of the funeral. Mrs Leland was an old acquaintance of ours, had taught our children.

November 25, 1886 - Mr. Joseph Hopkins, for many years postmaster at Brownsville, Texas, and once a resident of Waco where he lost his wife and several members of his family, died in the former city on the 16th inst. Mr. Hopkins was a veteran of the Florida and Mexican wars, and had charge of the U. S. Quartermaster’s at Brazos St. Iago, when Gen. McLeod and Gen. Nichols took charge of the same in 1861 with the Galveston expedition. He served afterwards under quartermaster Lynch in the confederate army on the Rio Grande, and of all the men we ever knew, he was one we never heard one word said against. He was an upright Christian gentleman and was esteemed by everyone who knew him, Democrats, Republicans, whites, blacks and Mexicans. We are pained to chronicle his death.

November 25, 1886 - Death of a Pauper -When the poor farm was first established in this county, Uncle Billy Chapman, an old Englishman entirely helpless, was one of its first occupants, and was unable to work. He died last evening at 8 o’clock, and will be buried today. He was 87 years of age. Mr. J. C. Evans, the superintendent, did as much as a father for the good old man.

December 9, 1886 - Died - In this city on Monday morning, December 6th, 1886, at 9:30 o’clock, at the residence of her daughter Mrs. T. S. Smith, Mrs. A. M. Markham, aged 53 years, 11 months and 2 days. The deceased was the mother of Mrs. T. S. Smith, wife of our County Attorney, and her sudden death was a shock to our community. She was a pure and true woman and a Christian, being one of the stanneliest workers in the Methodist Church of this city. Her funeral took place from the Methodist Church last Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock and was largely attended. The remarks over the bier of the departed good woman, by Rev. S. J. Franks was touching and brought tears to the eyes of the sorrowful congregation. The music and singing by the choir was solemn and affecting. In the death of Mrs. Markham her only daughter looses an affectionate and loving mother, the community one of its model women and the church a true Christian worker, but what is their loss is her enternal gain. May God soothe the sorrows of her bereaved daughter and family.

December 16, 1886 -In memoriam - Our precious dead, Mrs. Alethean Markham was the daughter of Wm and Eliza Hines-most holy and estimable people-of Marion, Ala. She married Mr. John Garland Markham, of Virginia, who for a time edited a city paper in Mobile, Alabama, but when the bugle blast of war reverherated across our Southern land, he promptly responded to the call, and bidding his clinging wife and only child, (little Alice), a long and sad farewell, joined our Southern braves and after passing through many hard fought battles, fell in the fatal struggle of Antietam. He was reported “missing” and his faithful, loving wife, clung to the hope that he was a prisoner of war and would come again. She watched and waited, fondly nursing the hope of a “soldier’s return,” but as days, weeks and months sped by, he came not; still she watched and waited until one long year of torturing suspense had paled her life blood and crushed her withering heart with unutterable despair. But with her Christian faith and trust, she turned from the blood-stained battle field, and looking heavenward, folder around her wasted form the luantle of resignation and bowed in humble submission, “They will be done.” By and by, little Alice grew into lovely womanhood, and married one of Monroe’s best and most promising young men, Mr. Thomas S. Smith. With bright promise for the future they all moved to Hillsboro, Texas, and there is severed the first link in their family chain. Mrs. Markham was not the satellite in this family circle, but the bright, steady sun, around which the minor lights were want to shine. She was indeed the centre, reflecting light and sunshine upon all around her. Besides her Christian character, she was by nature all that was true and lovely. In childhood years she was my earliest friend, my schoolmate, my class mate, my companion in hours of mirth, my solaee in days of affliction, and ever like the “Night Blooming Cereus” which sheds its perfume and opens its blossoms, midst, darkness and gloom. Oh that she could have spoken some soothing words to her sorrowing children, or some loving message to absent friends. But alas..with one stroke of paralysis, those saered lips were sealed, and in a few short hours, her pure, sweet spirit was wafted to its eternal home in Heaven. Life long friend , Mrs. Lazzie Watkins, Muldon, Monroe County, Mississippi, December 10th, 1886.

December 16, 1886 - Baby’s Dead - We are indeed sorry to learn of the misfortune of our former fellow citizen and friend, Mr. H. M. Rodman and his wife, in the loss of their little baby, Florence Earl, which died on the 6th inst., at Centre City, Hamilton County. It was aged 10 months and three days, and had suffered two weeks with whooping cough. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family.

December 16, 1886 - Thanks - I desire to return my heartfelt thanks to those good people who were so kind to my son “Kit,” during his last illness. I shall ever feel grateful to one and all for the many kindness shown to him and myself. Mrs. A. L. Clark.

December 16, 1886 - Whitney - Died in Whitney, Wednesday, the 8th instant., at 1 o’clock p.m., Mrs. Press Walling of heart disease. Mrs. Walling is a daughter of Capt. and Mrs. B. F. Burks and married about one year ago. (Note: rest of article missing).


January 6, 1887 - Fields - In this city Friday, December 24th, at 8 o’clock p.m., after a protracted illness of consumption, Patrick H. Fields, age 24 years, 9 months and 3 days. The deceased was well known in this city, and his death is deplored by many who knew him in life. To the bereaved wife and children we extend our sympathy. It was indeed a sad Christmas day to them, as while all a round was happiness and life,they were called upon to follow the remains of a faithful husband and father to the grave. It was a mournful and sad sight to witness on that beautiful day, the many friends ad relatives, congregated around the open grave, to commito to the earth the dust as it was, and the spirit to God who gave it.


January 13, 1887 - Tribute of Respect - Woodbury Lodge No. 529 of A. F. and A. M., was called together on the ????? staut to conduct the body of Dr. A. J. Hamilton, one of its members, to its last resting place, with the usual ceremonies of the order, subitted the following preamble and resolutions: Whereas, on the morning of the 2nd of January, A. D. - 1887, it has pleased the great Creator of the universe to call from labor our dearly beloved and worthy brother, Dr. A. J. Hamilton, of Peoria, to appear in the great sancum ??????? above. Resolved, therefore, that in the death of brother Hamilton, the Lodge has suffered an irreparable loss, the community one of its best citizens. As a citized he was b eloved for his charitable and aimable disposition, his purity of such marked him as one worthy of the example of all his acquaintances; as a physician he was an ornament tot he profession; he was all that the work husband and father could mean in illial sense. Revolved: That we tender our heart felt spmpathy to the bereaved widow and orphans, and that they may feel assured that in the fraternity they will find the hand of charity always open to them and the best counsel freely given, and their best interest guarded with paternal care. Resovled, that a copy be sent to the Hillsboro Reflector and Whitney Messenger. J. B. Tennison, R.A. Williamson, and V. H. ???????, Committee.


January 13, 1887 - In Memory of Miss Gussie Tarbuttons - Who died very suddenly on December 24th, 1886. Gussie has gone. But why should we weep? She is only asleep. Could we wish her back to this Cold World of ours? No, but let us, with our tears, strew her grave oft with flowers. We miss her at home; We miss her at church; And O; how our hearts ache. But then when we think of the Sweet smile on her face; In her coffin so cold. We know she has gone, where no sorrow or trouble ever will come. Ye meet her friends and kindred, who are near and dear to her heart. She died without warning, she died without pain, then why should we wish her back here again? She has gone to that home far beyond the skies, to wear the crown of rightonsness. K.A.B.

January 20, 1887 - Died - McDaniel - Daniel C., son of Mr. J. M. and Mrs. E. A. McDaniel, at his home one mile and a half East of Peoria, at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 11, 1887, of congestion of the brain and spinal affections, aged 14 years, 2 months and 18 days. The deceased was the youngest child, and the suddenness of his death was a most terrible shock to the beloved parents and family, and could scarcely be realized. he was sick only 36 hours before Death claimed its victim. He was a ????? young boy and a devoted member of the M. E. Church South, and as he passed into the unknown beyond, he did so happily. We extend to the bereaved family our warmest sympathy in this the hour of their sad bereavement. May God in his mercy alleviate the sorrow of the grief stricken mother and father and brothers and sisters.

January 27, 1887 - Whitney Items - One morning last week, Mr.and Mrs. A. J. Wheeler woke - up and found their infant child dead in bed with them.

January 27, 1887 - DEATH OF DR. J. W. HUNT, “The will of God is Accomplished, so be it. Amen.” - Died - In this city on Saturday night, January 22nd, 1887, at 11 o’clock, of bronchial pneumonia, Dr. J. W. Hunt, aged 46 years, 7 months, and 13 days. The above announcement startled many in and around Hillsboro and cast quite a gloom over the community. The deceased was one of our best citizens, a practicing physician, a member of the City Council, also a member of Masonic fraternity and the Knights of Honor, a loving father and husband, and devoted friend. His funeral was the largest ever witnessed in Hillsboro, the Masons and Knights of Honor being out upon the occasion, together with a large concourse of the people. Rev. J. R. Clark, paster of the Baptist Church of which he was a member, held service at the residence, after which the Masons took charge of the remains and the last sad rites at the grave were performed by that order. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved wife and five little ones left behind to mourn his untimely death.

January 27, 1887 - Tribute of Respect - Where as it has pleased an all-wise and never-erring Providence to call f rom our ranks our Brother Knight, Dr. J. W. Hunt, therefore, be it. Resolved by Hillsboro Lodge K of H 3273, that in this dispensation of Providence we keenly feel the loss of a faithful Knight, a good man and a warm friend. Resolved, That we tender the bereaved family our warmed sympathy and condolence; that as true Kinghts we are ever ready to give to them the helping hand in time of need. Resolved, that as a token of fraternal sympathy we wear the badge of mourning thirty days, and that our charter and banners be draped for one month. Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished the family of our deceased brother and that the same be published in our city paper - and also spread upon the record of this lodge. cherfully submitted in O.M.A. Jas. J. Roberts, Arthur W. Young, Bo. Sweeney - Committee. We are glad to state that the decreased was a beneficiary member of the above order and the widow will receive $2000 from the treasurer within sixty days.

January 27, 1887 - Died - Jones - In this city Friday, January 21st, 1887, after a lingering illness, R. D. Jones, aged 62 years, 6 months and 17 days. Mr. Jones was one of the oldest residence of this city, having moved here thirty years ago, who was known ?????? and Old Settler of the county. He ????????????? considerable property ????????? and leaving it to his three children, who are grown. His funeral took place on Saturday last and was largely attended.

February 3, 1887 - Death of Aunt Lucy Hart - The death of Lucy Hart, which took place on the 25th of January last, was quite sudden and unexpected. She was born in Bedford County, Tennessee, and at her death was 68 years old. She was the mother of “Uncle Dick” Hart and he feels her loss quite keenly. Aunt Lucy was a good old soul, and we hope has gone to Heaven. We sympathize with those she leaves behind.

February 3, 1887 - HORRIBLE MURDER - A small boy plauges a knife into a young girl. Last Saturday evening between 9 and 10 o’clock a distressing tragedly was enacted in that part of this city known as Freetown, the chief actors in which was a colored girl named Maggie Criner, about 14 years of age, and a small boy also colored, about 12 years old, named Wade Elliott. The facts elicited at the coronors’ inquest are about as follows: A new house had just been completed for public purpose, and the colored people had assembled there for the purpose of having a basket supper and festival, for the benefit of the band. Among those present were the deceased and the youthful criminal. The young people were about to get up a game and those who conetuded to play would jump up and say “I’ll play.” Maggie Criner was one, and Wade also jumped up and standing close to Maggie, said “I’ll play too.” standing very close to and touching her. Maggie slapped him and told him to go away, but Wade would not, and was seen to strike her, when it was discovered Maggie was cut, her dress being bloody about the breast. She staggered and said, “I’ll tell my brother, you have cut me.” No one thought she was badly hurt, until a few minutes later she fell into her sister’s arms. the doctor was sent for, but Maggie died in about thirty minutes from the time she was cut. The boy, in the mean time, was turned over to the officers by his father, Tom Elliott, and placed in jail. The mother and father of the dying girl were sent for, and the scene upon their arrival was affecting in the extreme. The grief of the mother was very great. The girl was spoken of by her companions as a good, industrious child and the suddeness of her death is to be regretted. The boy says he did not know the knife was open when he struck at Maggie, and could not believe he had killed her. The knife was a small iron handled Barlow, with pointed blade, very sharp, and not more than three inches long. The wound was probed by Dr. Dudley and was not over 2-1/2 inches deep, but it had severed the pectoral artery, which caused death. The wound was very small and it was hard to believe it could cause death. The jury of inquest’s verdiet was in accordance with the testimony, “that the deceased came to her death by a wound inflicted by a knife in the hands of Wade Elliott.” This as a very distressing murder and caused much excitement in Freetown. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at 3 o’clock, and was the largest colored funeral ever seen in this city. The boy had a preliminary examination on Wednesday, before Justice Overton, who placed the bail, on account of his youth, at $300. We sympathize with the parents and family of both the boy and the girl, and hope we may never be called upon to record a similar murder.

February 10, 1887 - Death of a Texas Poetess - Mrs. J. S. Leachman died yesterday at her residence on Crockett Street, after an illness of thirty six hours. The time for the funeral will not be set until the return of her brother, Mr. W. N. Bryant, who was been telegraphed for. Mrs. Leachman was born at Galveston, December 25th, 1847, and was educated at New Orleans. AT 15 years of age she developed poetical talent. She wrote much during the war that attacted attention. While in Boston during the latter part of the War, she wrote “Not Dead”, a production well received by the press of the critieal hub. She was twice married, the last time to J. S. Leachman, of Dallas. The loss of several children and ill health seemed to paralyze the poetie fire in her soul. She had written little recently. She was the daughter of Col. C. G. Bryant, and was best known in literary circles as Welthea Bryant Leachman. The poems “Bitter Sweet” and “The Hollow by the Flare” are among her best productions. ---- Dallas News 43th - The lady whose death is announced above was one of the writer’s earliest and best friends, in fact we were children together in Corpus christi. Many happy hours have we spent in her company. She was preceed to the grave not many weeks ago by her brother C. C. Bryant, who was editor and proprietor of the Nueces Valley, a paper published at Corpus Christi in 1855, and with whom we first commenced the printing business. Welthea was a bright girl and grew up to be one of the acknowledged poetesses of the South. We sincerely sympathize with her husband, brother and family, in their sad bereavement.

March 3, 1887, - Died - Gomer - In this city Tuesday afternoon, March 1st, 1887, at 3 o’clock, Edith Carter, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Carter, aged 10 months and 9 days. We deeply sympathize with the family in the loss of little Edith, the joy of the ??????????. But grieve not ??????????????? that die young escape the trials and troubles of a wicked world, and as Jesus said “Suffer little children, come unto Me, for of such is the Kingdom of heaven.” let the fact that the angel babe on earth is now an angel in heaven, be your consolation. We know this bitter pang to bear, but ‘tis God’s will.

March 10, 1887 - Suicide of a Farmer - James Elrod, 65 years of age, a prosperous farmer living ten miles northeast of Patestine, died from the effect of stychnine on the 2nd, telling his wife he wanted poison to kill rabbits with. She gave him the bottle, and taking a large dose on the point of his knife, he deliberately swallowed it. All attempts to restore him failed, and death resulted in an hour. Mr. Elrod was happy and prosperous in all the relations of life, and it is though the rash act was the result of a failing intellect.

March 10, 1887 - San Antonio, March 4 - Information reached here today from Wilson County, that Mr. Thomas Campa, a wealthy cattleman, had been dragged to death on his ranch near Lavernia. The accident occurred on Tuesday. On that day the old gentleman went out and caught a young and wild horse. He was leading him when in some way he become tangled up in the lasso and the dorse dragged him a distance of 180 feet. He must have lain from 1 o’clock in the afternoon until 9 o’clock at night, as that was the hour he was found. He was senseless and remained so until his death yesterday. He leaves a family at his ranch beside relatives in this city.

March 17, 1887 - SHOOTING AFFRAY - One Man Killed, The Other Wounded. News reached this city today about 10 o’clock, of a shooting affray wich took place at Treadwell’s house near Scott’s Chapel, four miles West of Abbott, this morning quite early. the particulars as we get them through Deputy Sheriff Louis Clampitt, who was in the neighborhood, and visited the scene shortly after the shooting, are as follows: Joe Hardin went to W. W. Treadwell’s this morning to see Henry Treadwell and asked him if Hugh Jenkins was there. He said “Yes” and told Henry to tell Jenkins to come out and you come with him. Jenkins came out and he and Hardin stepped off a few paces. Hardin remarked to Jenkins “I have come over to see you about scandalous talk you have been having about my wife.” Jenkins said he had no such talk, when Hardin slapped him and said, “You are a dead lying son of a b----.” Hardin had his knife in his hand and Jenkins asked, “What have you got that knife for” and drew his pistol and began shooting. Hardin then drew his and shot Jenkins, two shoots taking effect, from which Jenkins died in about thirty minutes. Hardin received two shoots from Jenkins, from which he may die. Mr. Clampitt placed a guard over Jo Hardin, who is at the house of Dan Martin. Deputy Dick Frazier has gone to see Hardin, and will bring him here as soon as he can be removed, if he does not die.

April 28, 1887 - Rev. R. E. Cooper Dead - Rev. R. E. Cooper,the well known Presbyterian Evangelist, died at 7 o’clock yesterday evening, at his residence on the South Side. His death was due to heart disease. Only a few days before he seemed hale and sound, and no one dreamed of so sudden and sad a transaction. Mr. Cooper was formerly in charge of a church at Hillsboro but has been for more than a year a resident of this city. He was appointed by the Dallas Presbytery to do evangelistie service in North Texas, and traveled over quite a large territory. He was highly esteemed for his piety and noble character, and besides his disconsolate wife and little ones, there will be many others to mourn the loss of so good and pure a man. Funeral exercises occur at 3 o’clock this afternoon from the Broadway Presbyterian Church. - Fort Worth Gazette, 27th. The many friends of the family in this city extend their warmest sympathies to the bereaved wife and family in this their great and sad misfortune. Rev. Mr. Cooper was highly esteemed in this community as a Christian, a good citizen, a devoted father and husband, and an able peacher. He filled the pulpit in the Presbyterian church in this city for four years.

April 28, 1887 - DIED - Camperos - At the residence of J. O. Tairtin (??), on his farm on Obirt Creek after a lingering illness of consumption, D. L. Cameron, aged 46 (??) years, 1 month and 11 days. The deceased had been a citizen of Hillsboro for twelve years, during which time he has been honored and esteemed by all who knew him. He was a native of Paysley, Scotland, served as a soldier in the Federal Army during the war, was a prisoner of war in Libhy (??) prison, Richmond, a long time, where he thinks he contacted his disease; he settled in this county on the Leon County ???? land; he has carried on a ????? yard in this city for the past ten years. He was a strict member of the Presbyterian Church , and died prepared to meet his God. He leaves behind him three daughters, aged 5, 11 and 13 years, but goes to meet his loving wife, to whom he was so devoted, who preceded to the other world two years ago. The funeral was largely attended on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Rev. J. R. J?????? officiating. We extend ?????? to the children and relatives.

May 5, 1887 - THE KILLING OF WILLIAMS - He is shot resisting arrest - his remains identified - Early yesterday, Sheriff Cox received a telegram from H. H. Powell, dated Palestine, which read “I have killed Williams.” Shortly afterwards, he received another telegram, dated Mexia, and signed T. A. Hord, City Marshall, stating that H. H. Powell, Deputy Sheriff of Freestone county; had killed Williams near Palestine. Sheriff Cox sent Mr. J. T. Heigman, of Abbott, to Palestine on the first train, but owning to bad railway connections at Waco, cannot reach Palestine until tonight. Since the above was in type, we find the following in the Dallas News of this morning - PALESTINE - May 4 - A most bloody and fatal tragedy, ????? two and a half miles north of Palestine at 7:30 o’clock yesterday evening, resulting in the instant death of a fugative from justice, being none other than Joel Williams, the man who, a week ago, shot down and killed Dock Blocker a wealthy sheepman, at Abbott, a small town in Hill County. He was positively identified today as Joel Williams by John M. McDaniel of this county, who knew him in Louisiana, and also in this county, where he worked at Sanders’ saw mill several during this year. He was also recognized by others who had seen him hanging around saloons and recently raised a difficulty with a cripple which came near being ??????. The Waco Day says: “A photograph of Jeol Williams , which was taken at Palestine after he was killed, is in the hands of Deputy U. S. Marshall J. M. Waller. The dead body is partly stripped and the bullet holes made by Powell’s pistol are plainly visible. The picture is a ghastly spectacle of death, and something a man does not like to see in his dreams.”

June 30, 1887 - Aquilla - Miss Jennie Burt died here last Tuesday after an illness of about eight weeks. She was buried at Scott’s Chapel cemetery Wednesday evening. (Note: died June 28, 1887)

July 7, 1887 - DIED - Hughes - At the residence of A. A. Hughes, in this city on Thursday evening June 30, 1887, at 7:15, of slow fever, W. R. Hughes, aged 20 years, 10 months and 23 days. The deceased was a nephew of A. A. Hughes, and a good young man; he made a profession of religion two years ago; we extend sympathy to his relatives; his funeral was largely attended.

July 7, 1887 - Wood - At the residence of Mr. R. A. Ferguson, (her son-in-law), May 5th 1887, Mrs. Gabella Wood, aged 80 years, 8 months and 16 days. Mrs. Wood came from Scotland in 1851, with her husband and children and settled in Hill County, near Brandon. She united by letter with the Old School Presbyterian church at Milford, of which she lived a constant member until the Master called her home. No, she’s not dead-just gone before, Her home to make in that fair land, where she shall toil and sigh no more, but happy near her Savior stand. A. Friend.

July 14, 1887 - SUDDEN DEATH - John Kell falls Dead--Cause Appoplexy. Last night about 8 o’clock, a man named John Kell entered the business house of Ballard Bros. in company with Mr. John Farror, and partook of a lunch in the rear room. They both retired, and a half hour later returned, and took seats near the rear door in the rear room. When Kell proposed to go after some more lunch and raised from his seat, turned, staggered and fell to floor. Farrar then called Tom Couchman to come quick, as there was a man dying. Couchman took a lamp and found Kell lying upon his face on the floor, frothing at the mouth. A physician was sent for and in five minutes Dr. H. W. Dudley came in, and after viewing the body, pronounced it a case of appoplexey. Kell was a corpse in fifteen minutes. He never uttered a word. Mr. C. C. Isbell, by whom he has been employed for nearly a year was sent for, and with the assistance of Mr. T. N. Elliff, where he has kept his trunk and effects, the deceased was prepared for burial. The body was taken to the court house,and laid out in the Sheriff’s office, where we viewed the remains this morning. The deceased was a man about 32 years of age, has worked in this place for a year or more, last cotton season with Files & Collier at their gin and since with C. C. Isbell, on his farm. A letter was found in his pocket from a brother. Letters were found in his trunk by Mr. Elliff, which shows that he has two brothers and one sister living at Seurry in Kaufman County, near the West fork of the Trinity. Two letters were also found directed to his brother and sister, but they were not opened. It is said that the deceased’s death was brought about by alcoholic poisoning. He was not a hard drinker, but it is stated that he had purchased two bottles of alcohol from Dr. Bond’s drug store yesterday and that one was found on his person, the other elsewhere. The deceased bore a good name; was industrious and honest, quiet, moffensive good citizen. He purchased a new suit of clothes yesterday and had them on. He had been at Itasea with Geo. Hayes, Geo. Patterson, T. N. Elliff and others in moving the school house, and returned late Tuesday evening. His relatives have been written to. The remains were very decently prepared, a nice coffin purchased, and every respect due a deceased citizen performed. We regret the occurrence, but such is life, in the midst of it we are in death.

July 18, 1887, - WHITNEY ITEMS - We are pained to record the death of W. C. Surginer, one of our oldest and best citizens. He died on Monday night last, at his home six miles souch of Whitney, deeply regretted by his family and numerous friends.

July 18, 1887 - ITASCA ITEMS - Elgin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm Reavis, who reside four miles southeast of town, died Tuesday evening and was buried Wednesday. He was sick only a few days and his illness was not considered very dangerous until a few hours before his death. He was about ten years of age. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of their many friends in their sorrow.

July 21, 1887, Thursday - GONE TO REST - Death of P. A. Green, one of Hillsboro’s best citizens. The news of the death of Mr. P. A. Green was received by the citizens of Hillsboro with much sorrow, and a gloom spread over the entire community. Mr. Green was one of our noblest and best citizens, merchants and Christians and, commended the respect of all with whom he came in contact. Few, young men of the present day could boast of such a pure and spotless life as he. He was taken ill last Tuesday, the 12th inst. with an attack of flux which turned into fever, and he died on Wednesday at 11:30 o’clock a.m. Dr. Benson Knox, his physician, did everything in his power, but death claimed its victim, and he was called hence. During his illness members of the Knights of Honor and Knights of Pythias, of which he was an honored member, waited upon him and rendered every assiatance in their power to relieve suffering, but, alas he passed away to the better world. Preston A. Green was born in Hillsboro, and was 25 years, 11 months and 20 days old. He had conducted a furniture business in this city for the past three years, and was considered one of the most upright-honorable men in the city. While laying sick he stated that he knew he was going to die and was perfectly resigned. He told his brother to convey the message to a former employer, Mr. Cramer, of Temple. “Tell Him I died a happy man and without an enemy in the world.” He was devotedly attached to his dear old widowed mother and sister, with whom he was living at the time of his death, and it was for them he lived, proving himself to be a dutiful son and loving brother. His brother, J. F. Green, of Lampasas, was with him when he died, but his oldest brother, Tom Henry Green, was in Shackelford County on his ranch, and did not arrive till after death. Preston Green was Financial Reporter of the Knights of Honor and Master of Finance of the Knights of Pythias, and was beloved as a true and noble brother by the members of both organizations, as was demonstrated today. At 10 o’clock this morning both orders repaired to the residence of their deceased brother, and eight pall bearers, selected from the Knights of Honor, took charge of the remains and placed them encased as they were in the most elaberate and costly metalle casket, into the hearse,when the solemn carriage moved towards the cemetery in the following order: Kinghts of Pythias, Knights of Honor, hearse and pall-bearers, carriage bearing the bereaved and grief-stricken mother, sister and two brothers, and a very large number of vehicles containing friends and acquaintances of the deceased. During the funeral hour nearly every business house in the city was closed, the hum of business was hushed and Hillsboro was in mourning. At the grave services were held by Rev. G. W. Basham, an uncle, whose words were very impressive; then by Rev. J. R. Jacobs, in cloquent words of praise, followed by the very impressive burial service of the Knights of Honor. After the grave had been filled by his brother Knights and the new mound made, his grief stricken sister, Miss Laura Green, with the assistance of a friend, stepped from the mourners carriage and placed upon her dear brother’s grave a cross of evergreens, with the initials P.A.G. in white flowers interwoven therein, and with it a sister’s love. Thus ended the career of one of God’s noblest works -- an honest man. To the grief stricken mother, sister and brothers, we extend our warmest sympathies in this their saddest bereavement. May God sooth the sorrow of them all. Mr. Green held an insurance policy in the knights of Honor, in favor of his mother for $2000.

HUBBARD CITY ITEMS - July 21, 1887 - Died at her home two miles south of this place, last Saturday the 9th inst., Mrs. Amarinthia Gamble, wife of JamesGamble, aged about twnety two years.

HUBBARD CITY ITEMS - July 21, 1887 - Mrs. Margaret J. Yarbrough, wife of Joseph Yarbrough, an old and respected citzen of this place, died at her home at this place, at 9:55 p.m. on the 10th inst.

July 28, 1887 - CARD OF THANKS - I wish to return my most heartfelt ????? ??????

?????? ???? honor and thanks to the Kinghts of Honor and Knights of Pythias and those

?????? friends, who were so unremitting faithful and kind to my son, Preston A. Green, in his last illness. Rest assured kind friends that you will ever be held in kind remembrance by me. Mrs. M. E. Green.

July 28,1887 - PRESTON A. GREEN - Tribute of Respect to his Memory - The following Resolutions were passed by Hillsboro Lodge K. of H. No. 3273, in memory of their deceased member. Again the death angel has passed through our lodge,and left a sad impression. The seat of our beloved brother, Preston A. Green, has been made vacant, his voice in our councils stilled forever. Yet we do not weep as those who have no hope, for we believe he has gone to rest. “For this weary life his early departure was a triumph, for his untimely death an immortality.” Keenly feeling this heavy loss, we can only appreciate the just dispensation of an All wise Providence,and as we bow to humble submission to kiss the smiting rod, let us in open lodge resolve. That, in the death of brother Green, we have lost one of our best and truest Knights, an efficient, punctual and valuable officer, whose place we can not easily refill. That we deplore his untimely death, but rejoice in the belief that to him death was but the entrance to an immortal happiness. That, we extend to the grief-stricken family our warmest sympathy and condolence in this season of distress. That, the customary badge of mourning be worn for 30 days, and our charter and banners be fraped for that length of time. That, a copy of these resolutions be printged in our city paper, also that a copy hearing the seal of our lodge be furnished to the bereaven family. Cheerfully submitted in O.M.A. Committee: James J. Roberts, P. F. Fox, T. S. Smith.

July 28,1887 - DEATH OF AN OLD VIRGINIAN - Hon. R. M. T. Hunter died at his home, Fount Hill, Essex County, on the 19th inst. Mr. Hunter was one of Virginia’s most eminent citizens. For many years before and during the late war he served several terms in the national house of representatives. Subsequently he was elected united States Senator and made chairman of the senate ??????? committee in 1849, which position he held until the opening of the war. During the war he seved as Confederate secretary of state and Confederate senator. He was also member of the peace commission which met President Lincoln in Hampton Roads during the war. He was elected treasurer of Virginia holding that office for several years after which he retired to priviate life.

August 11, 1887 - KNIGHTS OF PYTHIAS - Memorial Service at the Mehtodist Church - The Knights of Pythias Lodge No. 18, of Hillsboro, paid the last respect totheir departed and beloved Brother, PrestonA. Green, at the Methodist church last Sabbath afternoon at 5 o’clock. The church was properly decorated, and the triangle formed in the centre of the house, in which was placed a chair for each member in the centre of which was an altar with open bible, covered with a pallof white cloth, with white and black on the sides, a wreath of evergreen rested upon the Bible. Each officer’s station was suitably draped, toghter with the gavels and swords. A helmet, pair of gauntlets, sheathed sword and the jewel of the deceased Brother, was placed upon his vacant chair, which was appropriately draped. The order marched from Castle Hall to the church, and with the Master at Arms R. E. Wortham at their head, entered the church with solemn tread as the orgnist played an appropriate march,and in proper order marched until eachofficer and member had arrived at their appropriate station, the chairs of the members placed in a triangle shape facing inward. The memorial service was then commenced by the chancellor Commander, F. L. Harris, seating the brothers with three raps of the gravel. The beautiful and impressive ceremony was then gone through with a prayer by the Prtelate, Mr. B. J. French, all standing. After which. the choir, sonsisting of Mrs. W. C. Wyche, as organist, Miss Ada McKinzie, Mr. E. M. Turner and Mr. J. D. Railey sang that beautiful hymn “I would not live always.” The Prelate then read a few appropriate selections from the Book of Law. the chancellor then addressed the brethren, and introduced Knight T. S. Smith, who delivered an appropriate address to the memory of the deceased brother, which was filled with the kindest words. The officers then assembled around the altar and with the words “Gently and tenderly, with the ungolved hand of friendship, we reverently place upon the altar the embllematie myrtle of our order, each depositing a sprig of myrtle on the wreath. Upon return of the officers to their stations, the Master at Arms, called “Attention Kinghts.” Each rose and facing right and left, marched around the triangle while the organist played a march and as each passed the altar laid upon it the sprig of myrtle, after which they resume the former positions, and take their seats. The Prelate then addressed the Throne of Grace the choir sung “Sweet Rest in Heaven,” after which the Chancellor Commander addressed the audience, and the service ended by the Master at Arms leading the lodge out in the same order in which they entered. The audience was quite large and the service of the most impressive character...(the next 15 lines were missing from the paper)...continue....The Supreme ???????? lot of the universe to call from our midst to attend the Lodge on high. our brother, Preston A. Green, in whose demise we have sustained a loss keenly felt by the true Pythian Knighthood, and, whereas, in the absence of our brother during our deliberations, we feelthe absence of an efficient officer, a warm friend and a true Knight, and, whereas, his life while among us both as a citizen, a friend and a brother Knight was such that would command the admirationof all that knew him, and was a worthy patron of all true Kinghts of Pythias. Therefore be it resolved, that we extend in the bereaved mother, brothers and sister the heartfelt sympathy of the true Pythian kinghthood. Be it further resolved, that the Charter of Hillsboro Lodge No. 18 K of P be draped in mourning for thirty days. His chair be drapped in mourning and memorial services be held according to the custom of the Knights of Pythias of the world, on the 7th day of August, 1887, in the Pythian period XXIV; be it further resolved, that a copy of these resolutions be furnished his bereaved mother, the papers of the city, and the same be spread on the minutes of the lodge. Respectfully submitted in F. C. and B. J. W. Golledge, B. J. French, W.C. Wyche.

DIED - HUNT - August 11, 1887 - In Hillisboro, Thursday, August 1, 1887, at 1:30 o;clock p.m., Luna Esther, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matt F. Hunt, aged 2 years - 10 months and 13 days. The bereaved parents have out sympathy in the loss of their child.

ITASCA ITEMS - August 11, 1887 - Mail, August 4th - Died, Friday morning, July 29th, an infant son of Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Pardue, age one month and twenty days.

August 18, 1887 - Parson Worsley, who was known during the war as “the union spy of the Shenandoah,”died near Bradford on Wednesday last at the age of 67. Worsley’s father took part inthe battle of Bunker hill, although very young, and he himself twice saved Washington from the enemy by revealing their plans to the Federal authorities.

MILFORD NEWS - August 18, 1887 - Miss Annie, daughter of Dr. Whitt Buie, of Hill County, was buried in the Milford Cemetry on Tuesday. Dr. Buie was at one time a resident of this place, and those of his family who have left him have been laid to rest here. Little Annie was a bright blue eyed child of some thirteen summers and loved by those who knew her. The Gazette (Milford paper) deeply sympathises with her father, relatives and friends for their irreparable loss.

August 25, 1887 - HORRIBLY MANGLED - Mr.John Bowerman, an employee in the News press room, last night received the following sad dispatch, dated Meridian and signed by Justice Harris of that town: “Your father was killed here last night by the train. What disposition do you wish to make of the remains? Horribly mangled. Answer quick.” Mr. Bowerman replied that he would leave on the next train, which he did, all broken up with grief such as a thunderfolt dispatch like the one received is calculated to produce. The deceased, whose name was John Bowerman, was a man about 50 years old, was a miller in the employ of J. J. Scott, of Glen Rose. Mrs. Bowerman, the widow of the deceased, resides in Dallas. On learning of the terrible calamity which had befallen her she completely broke down. - Dallas News, 21st.

A HORRIBLE CRIME - August 18, 1887 - Hico, Texas, Aug 16 - On the night of August 13, between 12 and 1 o’clock, Mrs. Hardeman, who lives seven or eight miles north of this place, was aroused from her sleep by groans,and on following the sound to the gallery, where James Craig, her son in law, was sleeping, found him struggling and unconscious with a ghastly wound in his head near the ear, and a bloody ax was found near by, which had been used to accomplish another blood curding crime. Mr. Craig is still living. The doctors think there is but little hope for his recovery. Mr. Craig is a farmer, has a wife and two or three children.

August 25, 1887 - Capt. Jas. N. Seguin, the last surviving captain of the Texas army at the battle of San Jacinto, and for whom the town Seguin was named, died recently in London, England. Thus one by one the heroes of Texas Independence are crossing the river to join those who died on the field of glory.

MILFORD ITEMS - August 25, 1887 - Mr. Thompson’s little child was buried here on the 14th; also the little one of Dave Haney on the 15th. We heartily sympathise with the bereaved.

HUBBARD NEWS - September 1, 1887 - Mrs. Addie C., wife of Geo. P. Smith, of this place, died at her home in Hubbard last Monday, at 5 o’clock a.m. of typhoid fever.

September 1, 1887 - Died Away from Home - A young man named Stephen McClurey a deaf mute from LaGrange, aged about 25 years, died at the residence of T. B. Smith, in this city on Sunday, August 28th,at 1 o’clock a.m. His remains were taken to LaGrange for burial by a brother who came here last Monday from Erath county. The deceased’s father and mother lives at LaGrange. During his last illness everything that kind friends and medical skill could do was done for him, and his bereaved parents can console themselves with the though that their son, although away from home and dear ones, received the kindness attention from Mr. Smith and family and also from other friendly mutes and citizens.

September 1, 1887 - HORRIBLE DEATH - A survivor of Fannin Massacre Burned to Death - Denton, August 25, - A very disastrous fire occurred here at 2 o’clock this morning in which Colonel A. J. Hitchcock, an old and well known Texas veteran, lost his life. The fire originated in the kitchen of the James Hotel on Oak Street, recently kept by S. W. Keeton, but for the last few days by a young man by the name of Robert Fain. It was discovered by A.W. Robertson, Esq., boarder of the place, who at once raised the alarm, but being a cripple was unable to make any effort to subdue the flames. The hotel occupied the second story of two brick business houses, and had two stairways, one running up on the outside and another, not used, leading down into one of the business houses. The proprietor, Mr. Fain, examined the condition of the fire and pronounced it beyond control, and notified the guests of the fact. Mr. Robinson, who occupied the same room as Colonel Hitchcock, says that he aroused him up and told him where the fire was, and that the way was clear to the outside stairway, and that while he was throwing a trunk out of the window that Hitchcock started out, and that he followed soon after him, but did not see him any more. Reaching the street and not seeing him any more, and knowing that he was old and infirm, he sent a man to search the rooms to see if he had lost his way or had been overcome with the smoke. Search was made in every room except where the flames were already raging and he was not found and it was supposed that he had come down the stairs and disappeared in the crowd. In a few minutes the building ws wrapped in flames and in a short-time converted into a heap of ruins. It was not until after daylight that the fate of one of Texas true and tried sons was known. As nothing could be heard of him it was decided that he must have been lost in the building. Search was made for the body, and at 2 o’clock p.m. this evening it was found, and it was then discovered that he had gone down the stairway into one of the business.

September 1, 1887 - Bishop Elliott of Texas Dead - Nashville, Tenn., August 27, - A special from Sewanee, Tenn., says the Rt. Rev. R. W. B. Elliott, Bishop of Western Texas, died there last night after a protracted illness.

OBITUARY: Rt. Rev. R. W. B. Elliott, Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Diocese of Western Texas, was born in Beaufort, S. C. His father Rt. Rev. Stephen Elliott, was bishop of Georgia from 18?? to 1866, when he died. His mother now living at Sewanee, Tenn., was a daughter of John Gibbs Barnwell of South Carolina, and a grand daughter of Gen. John Barnwell. Bishop Elliott graduated from the South Carolina College in 1861, Under President Longstreet. In 1870-187? he took a special course in the General Theologieal Seminary in New York. On August 4, 1868, he was made a deacon at Rome, Ga., a presbyter in Savannah, Ga., in 1872, and bishop of the missionary jurisdiction of Western Texas, at Atlanta in 1874. He served in the Confederate Army from 1861 to 1865. He was a lieutenant and aide on the staff of Brigadier Gen. A. R. Lawton from 1861 to 1863. At the second battle of Manassas he was shot in the head with a minnie ball, and was adjutant general of McLaw’s division at the surrender. He married his third cousin, Miss Caroline Elliott, at Savannah, Ga., January 7, 1861. He has been living at San Antonio since he took charge of his dioeese, some eleven or twelve years ago, devoting his energies and great abilities in building up his church throughout his territory. Among other things he achieved was the erection and establishment of an Episcopal college at Seguin. The true type of the Southern gentleman, endowed with rare abilities , he was loved and reverened by his entire diocese not only, but by all who knew him. His whole family on both sides have been distinguished for generations back, and of his immediate family his brother, Dr. John B. Elliott, is professor of geology and chemistry in the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., and of therapenties and materia medlea in the University of Louisiana, New Orleans, and his sister, Sarah Barnwell Elliott, is the author of The Felmeres.

Hubbard News - September 8, 1887

Mrs. Jane Dashner, an aged and respected Christian lady, died at her home west of this place, last Monday. She was born in the state of Georgia, March 12, 1807, and died at the age of 81 years, 5 months and 18 days. She had been a professor of religion since 15 years of age, and belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian church at time of her death.

Hubbard News - September 8, 1887

Joseph Findley died last night, about midnight. He was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Findley and was about 18 years old. Joe was a bright, lively and good hearted boy, and it is with deep sorrow we chronicle his death and the anguish it causes to his parents and family. The interment takes place this evening at Hubbard cemetery.

Whitney Items - September 8, 1887

The many friends and acquaintances of Mr. Nap Myers, of Derden, will be pained to learn of his death from conjestion, at his home August 25th.

Hillsboro Reflector - September 8, 1887

Horrible Death - Tyler, August 29, 1887

Saturday night William McLean, while riding on a freight train west bound on the St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas Railway, fell from a car and had both legs cut entirely off by the entire train rolling over him. The accident occurred two miles west of the city, and the injured man remained alone on the side of the track until about 8 o’clock Sunday morning, when he was discovered and brought to the city. During the time he lay alone and suffering he kept from bleeding to death by pasting mud about his legs where they had been severed. He died last night about 7 o’clock. Deceased was a painter, who formerly lived in Brooklyn, N. Y. He has only been in this city about a year.

Hillsboro Reflector - September 15, 1887

W. A. Washington Dead

Owensboro, Ky - September 13, 1887

William A. Washington, up to his death, the nearest living relative of General Goerge Washington, and the last male represenative of the name, died Sunday morning at his home hear this city. He was eighty seven years of age, and was in many respects a most interesting character. He was born in Virginia, April 5, 1800, and moved to Kentucky when about six years old. He was the son of Fairfield Washington, second cousin of George Washington, and was the oldest of ten children.

Hillsboro Reflector - September 22, 1887

Peoria - September 20, 1887

Mr. W. S. Harper, the young man that was moved from the Steward House, Hillsboro, died at the residence of Mr. L.C. Chase, at 10 o’clock on 16th. Mr. Frank Kean did all in human power for him and gave him a decent burial. Frank is a friend in need. Mr. Harper’s parents reside in Pennsylvania, and we extend to them and friends deepest heartfelt sympathy.

Hillsboro Reflector - September 22, 1887

A Double Killing

Killeen, Tex. - September 18, 1887

This community was thrown into excitement over another killing, which happened about 1 o’clock today. Five or six miles from here in Coryell County. It appears that Fayette and John Darnell were returning home from Gatesville, when, reaching a thicket, they were fired upon. John Darnell was instantly killed, and also one of the alleged ambushers, Newt Blackwell, was killed in the fight. Newt Blackwell was a brother of the Rev. Dick Blackwell, who was way-laid and killed eight weeks ago. Both men have families.

Hillsboro Reflector - September 29, 1887

Death of J. W. Flanagan

Longview, September 21, 1887

Major J. W. Flanagan, who died on Tuesday, September 20, 1887, was born near Gordonsville, September 7, 1805, and with parents moved to Kentucky, settleing in the old town of Boonsboro. The family afterward moved to Cloverport, Ky. AT 18 years of age, young Flanagan engaged in merantile business and for years was very successful. In 1826, he married the daughter of Elder Moorman, a prominent divine of Kentucky, and had from his marriage three children, still living, Webster, his oldest son,and two daughters. He was a whig in politics and was prominent in whig councils in Kentucky,and having an intimate acquaintance with Henry Clay never wearied of talking of his friend Mr. Clay, in terms of loving admiration. In April 1843, he moved to the then republic of Texas, locating in Harrison county. In 1844 he moved westward to Henderson, Rusk county, then the frontier, and there made his home for many years. When the events eulminating in 1860 made seccession the approved remedy for real or fancied wrongs, Senator Flanagan earnestly opposed this move and when the vote upon the question: “Shall Texas sceede from the Union”, was taken he and nine others were by his devotion to the Union, severed from their 500 neighbors, who at the same polling place by their votes pledged anew their devotion and fealty to Texas - their state. Throughout the war between the states he was a northern sympathizer, or unionist. At the close of the war Mr. Flanagan was chosen a delegate from Ruck County to the constitutional convention, but the powers that then were in Washinton, were dissatisfied with the instrument the convetion had its labors for nothing. A new convention was called, and the subject of this sketch and his son Webster were sent to the convention as delegates. This time the work was acceptably done and the constitution framed by the convention of 1868-69, meeting the approval of the conquerors, Texas was reconstructed, and with most of her citizens disfranchised, was permitted to hold an election for officers, state and county. J. W. Flanagan was elected ???????? by a large majority, and by the legislature that met in December 1869, he was elected United States Senator from Texas, his colleague being M. C. Hamilton. He served to 1876, when he was succeeded by Hon. S.B. Maxey. Since then he has taken no prominent part in politics.

Hillsboro Relfector - October 6, 1887

From Peoria - October 4, 1887

Mr. Jim Atchison’s son was buried last Sunday afternoon. All are in sympathy with the bereaved family in this hour of atllietion.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 6, 1887

BENTLEY - In this city at the residence of his brother W. V. Bentley, on Saturday, October 1st, 1887, at 3:30 p.m. after a brief illness, Phillip Sidney Bentley, aged 17 years and 12 days. The deceased was a very worthy young man, beliked by every one who knew him. He was taken sick about a week before his death, and died of conjestion. the bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. S.Bentley, and his brothers and sisters, have our sincere sympathy. Quite a large concourse of our citizens followed the remains to the grave. Rev. Mr. Patterson conducted the service which was very impressive.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 13, 1887

Hubbard City News

We are sorry to report the death of Mrs. W. H. Dempsy which occurred last Tuesday night at the hour of 10:45. Mrs. Dempsy suffered from a billious disorder, which caused the premature birth of her babe, last Saturday night. The infant died, and was buried on Monday in Liberty cemetery, and the mother was buried in the same church yard, on Wednesday, at 5 p.m., Rev. C. P. Lumkin conducting the funeral services. The deceased was 33 years old.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 13, 1887

Hubbard City News

Mrs. Wilson, mother of Mrs. Geo. Sealing, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. Sealing, five miles northwest of town, last Wednesday evening of dysentery. The remains were taken to Terrell, Texas, for interment.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 13, 1887

From Peoria, Oct 12th

An infant of Mr. Stone, died at his aunt’s, Mrs. Davis of Peoria, last Saturday night.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 13, 1887

From Peoria, October 13, 1887

Died - George Chase, son of D. C. Chase, yesterday evening.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 20, 1887

DIED - McCollum - At the residence of its parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McCollum, in west Hillsboro on Saturday, October 15, 1887, at 5 o’clock p.m. Pearly Prenties McCollum, their youngest daughter, aged 2 years 10 months and 25 days. It was affected with fever, which turned into spinal minengetis, from which it died. The remains were taken to the grave last Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. To the bereaved parents we extend our heartfelt sympathy in their sad bereavement.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 20, 1887

Tribute of Respect

George W. Chase, was born in Tennessee, October 27th, 1869 and came to Peoria, Texas, 1883 and died October 11th, 1887. he joined the Baptist church when thirteen yers old and lived a consistent, christian from that time until his death when he was rational. He bore his sickness with a christion fortitude, although in the bloom of youth he has learned the importance of being ready when the Lord should call him. In his death the church has lost an effieient member, and society a worthy example. But we grieve not as those who have no hope, for he has only been transferred from the circle of society below to a more perfect state of society above therefore we are willing to bow in humble submission to the will of Him, who has said “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.” We extend to the bereaved realtives our deepest sympathy.


Death has been here and borne away,

George Chase from our side;

Just at eleven o’clock one day,

Young and good he died,

Not long ago he filled his place,

And sat in church to learn;

But he has run his mortal race,

And never can return.

We cannot tell who next may fall,

Beneath the chastening rod;

But like him may we all,

Parpare to meet our God.

/s/ A Friend

Hillsboro Reflector - October 20, 1887


Pilot Point, Tex., Oct 15 - Mr. F. R. Davis, one of the oldest settlers in Denton county, whose fine farm is three miles south of town, died last night of paralysis from which he has been afflicted over two years. Mr. Davis came to Texas from Missouri in 1853, and is the headright of the land he has occupied and improved. He was in the Mexican war and in some of the most important battles, also orderly sergeant in the late war; was a mason and buried today with Masonic honors. he was sixty-three years of age.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 20, 1887

Milford Items

Miss Mary Courtney, who was just blooming into womanhood, was taken sick with typho-malarial fever two weeks ago at the residence of her uncle Z. T. Wray, with whom she lived and in spite of the best medical skill and the unremitting attentions of kind relatives and friends, on last Thursday evening her pure spirit winged its flight to that land from whence no traveler ever returns. We deeply sympathise with the bereaved.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 27, 1887


Rev. John Cameron, a pioneer of Johnson county, committed suicide on the 21st inst. The following from Cleburne, Oct. 22nd, gives an account of the same:

A sad and unfortunate suicide is reported from Camp Creek, which ended the life of Rev. John Cameron, a minister of that neighborhood. Mr. Cameron was one of the favorities of the county and lived in that section for a long time. He has been on a visit to a daughter in South Carolina recently, and after his return the daughter here received a letter from the sister in South Carolina, in which she stated that she feared her father was losing his mind. The daughter and her husband watched the old man, but detected no signs, but when the son returned from this place home Friday the old gentleman was found missing. A search revealed his body swinging from the end of the rope attached to a cedar which grew over a ravine. He had evidently prepared his gallows and swung himself over the ravine. Mr. Cameron was a minister of the christian or Campbellite faith, about 70 years old.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 27, 1887


San Antonio, Tex. Oct 24 - Colonel J. B. Lacoste, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Southwest Texas, died at his home in this city this morning after a lingering illness of several months. Colonel Lacoste has been prominently identified with nearly every extensive enterprise started in San Antonio and Southwest Texas for the last thirty years, extending his operations largely into Mexico as well as here. he was a native of France, and moved to this city in 1848 from New Orleans. His age was sixty five years.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 27, 1887

From Bynum

The funeral of Miss Nora Ward, who died a few weeks ago, was preached at Prairie View last Wednesday night by Rev. F. M. Winburne.

Hillsboro Reflector - October 27, 1887

Whitney Items

Mr.and Mrs. W. W. Simpson had the misfortune to lose their infant babe last week.

Hillsboro Reflector - Nov 3, 1887


Clarksville, Tex., Oct 25 - This morning our people learned with regret the death of Colonel Charles DeMorse. Col. DeMorse had only been ill a few days, when he died about midnight last night. He was a native of Massachusetts, spending almost all of his life in Texas, having cast his lot among our people in 1835, when the Lone Star state was dripping its blood of heroes. He, among a volunteer party from the sister state, landed on our southern coast when he was just nineteen years of age, and on foot started immediately for the dark scenes of conflict, and was in sound of “The Twin Sisters” that played such an important part under Sam Houston on the immortal field of San Jacinto. Coloney DeMorse was with Houston through the remainder of the war, until Mexico acknowledged the freedom of Texas. He was also a member of the staff of Albert S. Johnson, and was a Colonel in the late war between the stastes. He edited a paper in Austin prior to 1842 when he came to Clarksville and established the Standard, indexing his sentiments, always standing by his people, pleading for an honest Domociatic government. He was a member of the constitutional convention of 1876 and has mingled in the front rank of polities for many years. He delighted to talk and write of the days when it tried men to oppose the tyrants of Mexico. He passed away without any pain. he knew that his time had come, and was as calm and contented as man can be. He said that he had recognised for some time that “his days of usefulness were about spent, that his part in the drama of life had been played, and he hoped well” and died perfectly satisfied. he was seventy two years old.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 3, 1887

Hubbard City News

Died, at the residence of Dr. H. C. Dial, in this place, last Thursday night, the 20th inst..

Miss Minnie Brown, age 21 years and 24 days. Miss Brown was a pleasant and agreeable young lady, who had many friends in this place, having visited here a good deal since her sister, Mrs. H. C. Dial, has lived in this place, or during the last two years. She has been visiting her sister for almost two months this fall, when she was stricken with typhoid fever, which resulted in her death. The body ws taken to Bethlehem cemetery, in Gregg County, for interment, near her mother’s home, which she had left so recently in perfect health. Taken off in the pride and bloom of youth, she leaves many relatives and warm friends to mourn her loss.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 3, 1887


Bob Mabry, of Navarro county, well known here is very low and not expected to recover.

Capt. Jno. C. Brown for thirty years a resident of this vicinity died at his home in Young county of heart disease, about two weeks since. We sympathize with his aged mother who lives with our townsman H. N. C. Davis, and a number of his relatives who live in and around Milford.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 3, 1887

DEATH OF W. R. SCOFIELD. The announcement of the sudden death of Mr. William Roberts Scofield, who died at his home,seven miles north of this city, Thursday morning, October 28th, was received with many regrets by his many friends in Hillsboro and throughout the county. Mr. Scofield had been in bad health for ten or twelve years, which was first contracted while attending school at Trinity University, at Tehuacana. He was born on the 3rd of July 1853, and moved with his fther, Dr. John S. Scofield, to this county in 1856, when a little over 3 years old, married a Miss Phoebe Moore, an Alabama lady, about seven years ago. For several years past he has suffered from severe hemorrhages, and has frequently spoken of dying; but his wife prevailed on him to go to the Dallas fair, and they left home early that morning, spent Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Dallas, returning on the early south bound passenger Thursday morning. Upon reaching Itasca, between 3 and 4 o’clock a.m. thursday morning, he complained of feeling a pain in his lung, and purchased some morphine, which he took to relieve it. Upon getting home, two miles this side, he retired, still complaining of his lungs. His father was sent for, but when he reached his bedside he was pulseless and dying, being entirely unconscious, and died at half past 9 o’clock. Will Scofield was a prudent young man and had acccumulated considerable property, at the time of his death being the owner of 1200 acres of land in a body, 600 of wich was in cultivation, a splendid home place with all conveniences, a large number of cattle and a ranche in Baylor county, where he had, in copartnership with Mr. James lawless, several hundred head of horses. He was a man of indomitable energy and a determined will. He leaves a wife and two children, both girls, one 5 and the other 3 years of age, who are well provided for as he owned no man a dollar. In the death of Will Scofield, Hill county lost one of its oldest and best citizens. We extend to the bereaved family our sincerest sympathy in this their sad bereavenment.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 10, 1887


The report reachedtown this (Friday) morning, at 9 o’clock, that Mr. Bolt, commonly called “Dink” Bolt, was dying of typhold fever. We are sorry, indeed to get such news, as Mr. Bolt is an excellent young man, belonging to one of the best families in the country, and was in excellent health such a short time ago. He leaves a wife, several brothers, and perhaps other near relatives in this section.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 10, 1887

WOODBURY - A 12 year old daughter of Mrs. Gentry died and was buried at the town cemetery last week.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 10, 1887

WOODBURY- Our entire community was sadly shocked to hear the deth of Frank McLaughlin, of Hillsboro. Frank was well known to our people, his genial ways, kindness of heart, and noble traits made him a afavorite and highly esteemed by all who knew him. His bereaved relatives have the deep sympathy of our whole people in their real afflictions.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 10, 1887

DIED MCLAUGHLIN - In this city, Monday morning, November 7, 1887, at 2:20 o’clock, Franklin Moore Mclaughlin, aged 20 years, l month and 14 days. the deceased was sick for a short time,many of his personal friends not knowing of his illness until his death. On Monday afternoon at 1:30 the Rev. S. J. Franks held appropriate services at the residence of his sister, Mrs. M. E. Johnson, on South Church street, after which the members of the fire department took charge of the remains, and escorted them with a large number of friends through the city. Mesars. Will Booth and Clifford Franklin of his company, and A. L. Blanchard and Randolph Railey, escorted the remains as pall bearers, to Peoria. Frank was a noble young man, and a brave fireman. A large number of people, including the school children, witnessed the interment at Peoria. Poor Frank, many will miss you.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 10, 1887

A. O. BIBBEE - He died at the Hour he Expected to. - Remarkable events in his family....

Several Die According to Prediction. Mr. A. O. Bibbee, who died in this city on the 15th of October, was born in Leetart Township, Legg county, Ohio, on the 23rd day of February, 1860. The deceased during his life in this city, by close attention to business, amiability of character, honorable and fair dealings with his fellow man, had won the esteem and confidence of the entire community. Mr. David Bibbee, his father, who resides a few miles north of Milford, was in the city on Monday and called to see us. During the conversation we gathered from him the following remarkable facts relative to the death of his son and others connected with his family. “My son, during the first week of his sickness remarked that he had the gift of grandfather Bibbee. The night before he died, I was at his bedside and he put his hand up, and drew me close to him, and said “I am to die at 10 o’clock to night.” This, he then said “ is what I had reference to when I spoke to you of having the gift of my grandfather.” And in accordance with his last statement, he departed. The above appears remarkably strange from the fact that the grandfather alluded to had told his father, two years before his death, the time he would depart. He told his mother six months before she departed, and his wife that they would loose two of their children (my brothers) at a certain time, which came to pass, and then, since I can recollect, he foretold my sister’s death. He also told of a cousin’s death, by saying “children you do not believe in fore ordination, but, your cousin is now sitting at the table at Ripley, eating, with all the appearance of a hale and hearty man, “but” pointing to the sun, said “before it settles in the west he will be a corpse.” None of us knew where he then was. That same day my father received a message that the cousin alluded to above wanted him to come and see him, as he had the cholera. My father went and my cousin died at 5 o’clock that evening. Another time my father made a similar remark, as above, and said “Your uncle Jo and his son Alfred are now quarling and before the dispute ends, Alf will strike his uncle with a stick which will cause his death. Alf is not to blame, but will have to suffer the penalty of the law”. A few hours afterwards word was brought to the effect that such an occcurrence had taken place and he died from the effects of a broken skull, caused from being struck by a handspike. He also told of my mother’s death, which came to pass at the time mentioned. I could enumerate a dozen other similar circumstances, but deem the above sufficient toshow what a remarkable gift of fore-telling the coming of death, the Bibbee family were possessed of.” We must add, that the gentleman who related the above is highly respected by all who know him, and the remarkable story he tells can be relied upon as the truth..

Hillsboro Reflector - November 17, 1887

WHITNEY ITEMS - Died, Monday evening at 2 o’clock, little Morris, infant son of Dr. W. T. and Mrs. Gertrude Moore.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 17, 1887

HUBBARD CITY ITEMS, November 11, 1887

The death of Miss Willie N. Staaden has been a trying bereavment to her friends and relatives. At half past 6, on last Tuesday morning, November 7th, 1887, she breathed her last and the house that she had so constantly made happy, was left cheerless and sad. She was lately in Hubbard, in the bloom of youth, tenderly ministering comfort in many loving ways to her sick sister, Mrs. W. L. Odell. On her return home at Dawson, she was taken with typhoid fever and slowly passed into the valley of the shadow of death, with that calm and conscious resignation of the good and the pure in spirit.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 17, 1887

MILFORD ITEMS - Gazette Nov 12 - A little child of Mrs. Hammons was buried last Sunday in the Milford cemertery.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 24, 1887

WHITNEY ITEMS - Died - Thursday, the 17th inst. Carrie Josephine,the infant daughter of Dr. E. L. and Mrs. Annie Sessions. Little Carrie has been sick for some time and the partnets did all in their power for her, but he who holes all things called it home. Many friends followed its remains to the Bethlehem Cemetery Friday, where the interment was conducted by Rev. O”Keefe. The editors feelings are sad with the mother and father, for he has experienced death in his own family.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 24, 1887 - DEATH OF S. A. REAVIS - AN OLD AND RESPECTED CITIZEN PASSES AWAY - The news of the death of S. A. Reavis which occurred in this city this Thursday at 12:10 p.m. was carried from mouth to mouth among his old associates and friends, and received with many regrets, by the entire community. The deceased was born in Lincoln county, Tennessee, on the 28th of February, 1836, and with his parents moved to Texas in December 1850, settling at Navarro, in Leon county. The deceased was an intelligent, highly educated gentleman, and held the position of District Clerk in Leon and Mclennan counties and presiding justice in this county for several years. He has been a resident of this city for twenty-two years, during the greater part of which time he has been connected with the real estate and ??????? business; and was beyond a doubt the best posted man as to land titles and claims in the county. For several years Mr. Reavis has been in feeble health, and has gradually wasted away, until his life terminated today. He was unmarried but leaves two brothers, William and Edward, two well known citizens, and three sisters, Mrs. G. C. Orenbaun, Mrs. W. B. Johnson of this city and Mrs. J. P. Thomason of Itasca, who were with him till death and an aged and crippled mother, Mrs. Julina Reavis, to mourn his loss. His mother was too feeble to go to see her son in his dying monents. In the loss of Sam A. Reavis, Hillsboro has lost a good and valuable citizen and his relatives a kind hearted companion. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved relatives. The remains will be interred in the City Cemetery tomorrow, Friday, at 10:30 a.m., the Rev. J. R. Clark conducting the funeral services.

Hillsboro Reflector - November 24, 1887

A YOUNG LADY SUICIDES - A couple of weeks ago, the town of Gatesville was thrown into a stte of excitemetn over the suicide of Miss Babe Ashley, a young lady visiting the family of M. L. Watkins of that city. Miss Ashley’s parents resided some distance in the country and she had been a frequent visitor to Mrs. Watkins’ family. It had been noticed by the family that she seemed despondent for several days, but on the fatal day she seemed unusually cheerful. After dinner she commenced laughing and playing with the children of the fmaily. After a time Mrs. Watkins missed her from the room and, search being made, she was found hanging from the ceiling of a servants house in the yard, blood dripping from her nostrils. Her neck was broken and she had been dead for some time. No cause known for the rash act.

Hillsboro Reflector - December 8, 1887

Hubbard items

Mr. Tom Johnson, a young man living on Mr. Fayette Pool’s place south of town, died last Sunday, of pneumonia.

At Hubbard City, Texas, Nov. 25, 1887, little constant, infant child of Mr. & Mrs. J. T. Swint, died of pneumonia; aged 8 months and 24 days.

December 8, 1887

One of the saddest deaths we have had yet to chronicle is that of Miss. Eliza Lucas, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. P.P.M. Lucas, which occured at her home in this place last Sunday, at 7 a.m., of consumption. the deceased was a young lady of culture and refinement, active and energetic in her short life, who by her genial dispositionhad gained a large number of friends in this section. In her death thebereaved family lose a beloved and loving member,and society in this community one of its best and brightest ornaments. The deceased had been for many years a faithful member of the Baptist church. The remains were interred Monday morning in the city cemetery.

Hillsboro Reflector - December 15, 1887


Mr. George H. Morgan, of the new firm of Morgan & Klelnworth, was the reciptent of a telegram on Tuesday last from his wife at Sterling, Kansas, conveying the sad news that “our baby boy is dead.” Mr. Morgan was shocked at the startling dispatch, and was no overcome with grief that he wept like a child. Mrs. Morgan was on a visit to her parents, having left fort Worth a few weeks since, with her little nine month boy, well and hearty. We extend our sympathies to the grief-stricken fther and mother. It is hard to part with a darling baby.

Hillsboro Reflector - December 22, 1887


On the evening of Wednesday, the 14th, inst. William Roberts, who lived inthe south-western portion of this county, about eight miles from Aquilla was way-laid and shot wihile riding with two other men along the Waco and Spiva Crossing Road. A correspondent of the Dallas News states that while riding along the road they were called uponto halt by two men who stepped from among the bushes, each with a double-barrel shotgun in his hand and handkerchiefs tried over their faces. Without any further words they raised their guns and fired. Literally riddling young Roberts with buckshot, killing him instantly. They then called to the other two men to “Get out of that quick,” and they got out as fast as they could, one of the men snapping his gun at them as they ran. Roberts was a young man unmarried, and leaves a widowed mother. Three parties including one of those who was riding with deceased at the time of the killing werearrested and had an examining trial Monday. They were placed under bond to await an investigation by the grand jury.

Hillsboro Reflector - December 22, 1887


The Grandview Sentinel pays a neat tribute to the memory of Mr. J.C. Woodall, who was killed by jumping from a train on the Missour Pacific Railroad near Island Creek in this county. Regarding his funeral the Sentinel has the following: “ Mr. J.C. Woodfall, who we memtioned last week as being so badly hurt by jumping off the car, died at 4 o;clock in the afternoon on the day he got hurt (Friday) and he was buried the next afternoon about 4 o’clock in the Grandview Cemetery with the Masanic rite. Not withstanding the extreme bad conditions of the roads a good many were present. The business men of our town closed their doors and went. Grandma Woodall, mother of the deceased; Mrs. Thomas, a sister; Richard Woodall, a brother. Wm Cotham, brother-in-law; Hon. Buford, nephew of Bell County, and Dr. S. H. Weatherford, of Corn Hill an old friend came in on the 7 o’clock p.m. train, but they were too late for the burial and after a visit the next day (Sunday) to Mrs. Woodall and family, they returned home Monday.”

 January 5, 1888

The Murder of William Roberts

The Reflector failed to get the facts relative to the recent killing in the southwestern part of the county in time for the last issue, though an effort was made to do so when the report first reached here. From information since received it appears that on Wednesday evening, December 14th, William Roberts, Bob Ray and J. D. Patterson were riding from the home of the former along the Spivey crossing and Waco road in the direction of Aquilla, and when in about four miles west of the latter place, a masked man emerged from the thick brush by the roadside and with an call, called to them to halt. In an instant after making the command the man discharged the contents of one barrel of a double-barrel shot gun at Roberts. the shot entered his neck and breast, killing him instantly. Patterson at once wheeled his horse around and made tracks for home. The murderer threw his gun upon Ray and told him to leave which the latter did in short order, abandoning his horse and taking to the bushes. Patterson states that there was another man in the brush who bursted a cap at him as he ran off. Ray saw only the one man but thinks there were two. The murderer was masked with a red handkerchief tied around the lower part of his face. He wore a new slicker and a black slouch hat. John and Tom Roselle and Don Petterson were subsequently arrested on a chargeof having killed Roberts and upon preliminary examination before Esquire James Asbell of Aquilla, where placed under bond to await the action of the grand jury. The bond of John Rozelle was fixed at $1,000 and those of Tom Rozelle and J. D. Patterson at $500.

January 12, 1888 - Died

ROBERT - In this city at 6 o’clock this (Thursday) morning, January 12, Dudley John, infant, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. J. Robert, aged four months and 25 days. Only those whose hearts have felt the blessing of the precious boon can understand how completely an infant can form a part of every hope and purpose. None others can know anything of the desolation and despair that is evensioned when the blight of death removes this blessing from the heart. In the sad bereavement which has visited these evewhile happy parents they have the heartfelt sympathy of many friends and with those the Reflector would be numbered. May they find strength to sustain them in this sad ordeal and realize the comfort which comes from a Christian faith in the assurance that God “doeth all things well,” and that their precious babe will remain forever in his tender care.

January 19, 1888

Death of Edna Clay - A few months ago Mrs. Clay brought her family to Hillsboro to receive the benefit of its school advantages. The eldest of the little band of students which she entered at the Normal, was Edna, a light haired, sweet gaced girl, just budding into womanhood. Her gentle cheerfulness, bright mind and constant dillgence soon won for her the love and admiration of teachers and classmates. When the pupils reassembled at the close of the holidays, they were grieved to learn that severe illiness detained her, yet hoped to see her again among them. But on Thursday night, January 12, death summoned her to enter the eternal school, where the great and perfect teacher makes plain all life’s perflexing lessons. On Friday evening the usual school session was omitted. While the college bell tolied the sorrow that ladened their hearts, her schoolmates and friends gathered at her grave and sang her favorite school songs. Rev. Jackson spoke and read works of consolation. Rev. Tent offered an earnest petition for divine comfort, and strength in behalf of ?????????. Thus she was laid to rest. Here a heart broken mother, three devoted brothers and a loving little sister saw the form in which they centered so much hope and love, hidden from view. These received the tenderest sympathy and attention of Hillsboro’s people whose christian hospitality knows no strangers among the distressed and afflicted.

January 19, 1888 - Died

SMITH-At Corsicana, Friday morning, January 12, 1888, T. K. Smith, son of Maj. L. R. Smith, aged 23 years, 9 months and 5 days. The deceased was formerly a resident of this place where, his father still resides. He held a position for several years as recorder in the county clerk’s office and afterwards as bookkeeper of the Sturgis Bank. In both positions he was scrupulously, faithful and zealous. In the discharge of every duty, and won the confidence and esteem of his employers. About four months ago he went to Corsicana and upon the recommendation of freinds, soon secured a position on the Daily Courier of that city, which he held up to the time of his death. There, as here, his generous and noble qualities of heart won for him many friends, who join in the general sorrow at this untimely death. His devoted father received the sad intelligence Friday, and Mr. Jack Lilly at once proceeded to Corsicana, and took the remains in charge, returning with them Sunday morning. The funeral took place Monday afternoon and despite the inclemency of the weather, a goodly number of friends were present with the mourning father and relatives to pay affections last sad, honors to the virtnes and memory of the departed. A friend of the deceased writing to the Reflector from Corsicana pays this tribute to his character: “While here, Kirby paid strict attention to business and soon gained the respect, confidence and esteem, not only of his employers, but all with whom he came in contact. I knew him for five years, knew him while deputy clerk in Hill county and while he was the trusted bookkeeper of the lamented George Sturgis, and always found him prompt; industrious, honorable and capable. I with many others here deplore his untimely death.”

January 19, 1888

A Card - The courtesies extended to myself and Miss Cora Smith, in transit with the body of the late T. K. Smith, from Corsicana to Fort Worth, by Conductor W. J. McCrabb, of the Fort Worth and New Orleans railroad, is highly appreciated and will be gratefully remembered by myself and the many kindred and freinds of the deceased in Hillsboro and vicinity. J. T. Lilly, Hillsboro, January 17, 1888.

January 26, 1888

From Woodbury - Janaury 21, 1888 - Died-infant child of Mr. and Mrs. George Stanford, yesterday morning, the death was very sudden, the infant being in perfect health only a few days before its death. We deeply sympathize with the parents in their bereavement.

February 23, 1888

LONG-At the residence of Dr. Benson Knox in this city, Febraury 17, 1888, of bronehitis, Mrs. N. J. Long, wife of Dr. W. A. Long, of Navarro county. the funeral services were held Saturday at 4 o’clock p.m. at the residence of Dr. Benson Knox, and were conducted by Rev. E. F. Boone.

March 23, 1888

Dave Stern’s Remains-Waco, Tex., March 14, The remains of Dave Stern, who was shot and killed at Hubbard City yesterday, are here, having been embalmed. Eugene Stern of Farmersville, La. is expected tonight and he will (some of the paper is missing) load of buckshot entered the ear of the deceased and passed through his head. His cheeks, forehead and one eye are perforated. the embalming process has removed all discororation and the round ???? are startlingly revealed in the livid, eeunienance of the dead man. Mr. Sam Sanger has placed a watch over the body and other Hebrew citizens have shown respect to the remains.

March 15, 1888

Woodbury-Died- On the 9th inst., of malarial fever, Mrs. T. H. Johnson. She leaves a husband and three children, and many relatives and friends to mourn her loss. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved husband and children.

March 15, 1888

Died-Gowin-In this city on Saturday, March 10, 1888, at 11 o’clock p.m. of paralysis of the heart, Mrs. M. Gowin, aged 67 years, 3 months and 20 days. Deceased had resided in the country many years and was universally esteemed for her many noble qualities and the beautiful example of her pure, Christian life. Her death was quite sudden, having occurred within less than two hours, from the first symptom of her illness. She was talking with her son, Mr. Wilson Gowin, who recently came here from Mississippi, their conversation reiating to people and affairs at the old home in that state. Suddenly she became ill and it was but a short while until her spirit had passed away. The funeral services were held by Rev. J. R. Clarks, Sunday, at the residence of her son Mr. I. Gowin and the remains were afterwards interred in the cemetery, a large number of friends, beside the immediate relatives, being present to pay the last sad tribute. The bereaved sons, Messrs. I. and Wilson Gowin have the sympathy of a host of friends in their great aflliction.This sorrow has fallen upon them with a heavy crushing wright that may not soon be lifted, but let us hope that they may realize the comfort comes from a perfect faith in God’s love and wisdom, and realize that the occasion which brings desolation to their hearts is but the dawning of a life of peace and happiness for her whose loss they mourn.

March 15, 1888

A KILLING AT HUBBARD CITY, John Pitts shoots and instantly kills David Stern.

Intelligence was received from Hubbard City Tuesday evening to the effect that Mr. John Pitts had shot and killed Mr. David Stern. Mr. Pitts is engaged in the practice of law at Hubbard City and Mr. David Stern was a leading dry goods merchant of the same place. Later information concerning the homicide was to the effect that about 12 o’clock Tuesday, as Mr. Stern was going to his hotel to dinner, and when he had arrived opposite to the residence of Mr. Pitts, the latter went out into the street in front of his gate with a double barrel breach loading shot gun and approaching within ten feet of Stern, fired at him, sending a full load of buck shot into his face and head, killing him instantly. the circumstances, leading to the tragedy grew out of the case against Mrs. Lula Covington, of which mention has heretofore been made by the Reflector. Mrs. Covington, who keeps a boarding house in Hubbard City, was indicted at the last fall term of the district court, the indictment charging her with keeping a disorderly house. there was a division of sentiment in Hubbard City as to her guilt or innocence, and considerable feeling grew up in consequence. At the late term of the county court the case was tried and resulted in her acquittal. Mr. Pitts was one of the attorneys for the prosecution in the trial and Mr. Stern who boarded with the defendant, was her friend and also a witness in her behalf. Thus a good deal of bad feeling was engendered between the parties and much ard talk is said to have been indulged in. It is alleged that, among other things, Stern had used most out-rageous and unwarranted language reflecting upon the wife of Mr. Pitts and this is given as the reason for the killing. After the shooting Mr. Pitts made no effort to escape, but quietly submitted to arrest. The officers arrived here with him yesterday morning and shortly afterward application was made to Judge Hall for a writ of babeas corpos, which was issued and the case will be heard tomorrow if the presence of the witnesses can be secured.

March 22, 1888

DIED-Anderson-At his home in Navarro County, near Hubbard City, Sunday evening, March 18, 1888, of spinal congestion, Mr. Joseph M. Anderson, in the 66th year of his age. Mr. Anderson had resided in Navarro County since 1876, having moved to that county from Mississippi in that year. He was a member of Dawson Lodge A.F. and A.M., and in all the relations of life bore an enviable reputation. He leaves a wife and four children, Mrs. Mary Clemons, Mrs. Julia M. Wright, Mr. Walter Anderson and Mrs. Hattie Wright. Mr. Anderson resides in Hubbard City, and Mrs. Julia M. Wright is the wife of County Clerk Wright of this county. The others reside in Navarro county. The bereaved ones have The sympathy of numerous friends in their sad amietion.

April 19, 1888

DIED-Duncan-At his residence in west Hillsboro, Saturday, April 14, 1888, at 12:50 a.m., Mr. James W. Duncan, aged 75 years, 10 months, and 12 days. The deceased had been for twenty years a citizen of Hillsboro and with all the mutations and events of that time had performed well his every duty as Christian, citizen, relative and friend. He was the father of Mr. James M. Duncan, bookkeeper of the Farmer’s National Bank, his only other child being a daughter who resides in Arkansas. He also leaves a devoted sister to mourn his loss. The bereaved relatives have the sympathy of many friends in their affection. The funeral services were conducted in an impressive manner by the Masonic fraternity of Hillsboro, under the authority and auspices of Hillsboro Lodge, No. 196, A.F. and A. M.

There were no newspapers from July 1888 until July 1890.

July 2, 1890

DIED-On Sunday, June 20, 1890, Mrs. Catherine S. Files, wife of Mr. A. H. Files, of this city, passed from this world into the glories of the upper and better land beyond the skies. She has been ailing and puny since last winter when she had a severe spell of the la grippe. Thirty-eight days before the end she took her bed and never arose. While for the last fortnight her death has been expected by her family and many friends, yet it came upon them as a shock from which it is hard to recover. Mrs. Files was born in Mississippi, May 8, 1834. When quite a young girl her parents moved to Madison county, this state, when that county was on the extreme frontier of Texas. She and Mr. Files were married September 25, 1852. They moved to Hill county in 1854 and have lived here and at Milford every since. Ten children have been born to them, four of whom have crossed over the river and were ready to welcome their mother to the joys of Heaven. The remaining six were at her bedside during her illness giving her every attention and care that loving hearts and hands could devise. The deceased has been a strict and consistent member of the Presbyterian church since her girlhood and had no fears of meeting the grim destroyer death, but was ready to answer the summons, and has ere this heard the welcome, “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joys of the Lord.” The remains were laid away inthe cemetery at this place Sunday, after services at the residence by Rev. C. M. S. See, attended by a large concourse of loving friends. She leaves behind, her husband and six children, Mrs. Carrie Rosson of Milford; Mrs. Emma Smith, of ??? Valley; J. D. Files, of ??? Valley;; W. S. Files,; Eva and Katie, who are nearly all heart broken over their sad loss. They have the sympathy of a host of loving and kind friends in this their hour of grief. May the Lord deal kindly with them.

July 2, 1890

DIED-In this city Tuesday June 24th, 1890, Nellie Tucker, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Tucker, aged one year and five months. the remains were interred in the Hillsboro cemetry last Wednesday. Religious services were conducted by Rev. T. W. Rogers. The sorrowing parents have the fullest sympathy of friends in their sorrow. Nellie the sweet one, is not lost, but gone before and now wears a crown of glory and sings in angel choirs. May all of the friends she left meet her there.

July 2, 1890

Mrs. Elizabeth Hickery, wife of Rev. G. L. Hickey, died at her home in Bellvue last Thursday the 26th, of dropsy. She was an old resident of Hill county and numbers her friends here by the score, and one and all are saddened at her loss.

July 9, 1890

DIED-Last Sunday evening at 5 o’clock, John Allen, son of J. S. and Susan Swint, was buried at Brandon Cemetery. Mr. Swint was born in Georgia and died at the age of twenty-two years. When a youth he came to Texas. He has been living here about twelve or fourteen years and during the time has made many warm friends. He was confined to his bed twenty-six days with typhoid fever at his sister’s, Mrs. Will McMurry, where he remained till death knocked and entered. His remains were followed to the grave by many a weeping friend in addition to the broken hearted parents and relatives, all of whom have our sincere sympathy. E.H.

July 9, 1890

DIED-In Hillsboro, Tuesday, July 8th, 1890, at 12 o’clock, Lillian Darnell, daughter of Mrs. L. M. Darnell, aged four years, five months and three days. the remains were interred in the city cemetery this morning. The sorrowing mother has the concolation of knowing that her little girl is now at perfect rest and has ere now seen the Glorious Being who while on earth said “Suffer little children to come unto me.” It is hard to give up so sweet a child as Lillian, but God knows best. He doeth all things well.

July 16, 1890

MILFORD-Mrs. L. C. Wright, a most excellent lady, past in the Saints Rest on the evening of July 3rd, and was buried on the 4th. On our way from her home, two miles south of town, to the cemetery with the corpse the large funeral procession was completely drenched with an excellent rain. It was very much needed and will do a wonderful amount of good to crops, but we regretted its falling the hour it did. She was greatly beloved by everyone. Her name will be remembered for what she has done for many years. Her husband, now in sadness, watches at the bedside of a son, who lingers this side of the river. He had gone to Mexico hoping to get relief, but soon returned weaker than he was before. there can be but little hope of his recovery, his disease being consumption.

July 16, 1890

Mrs. Ida L. Murphy, wife of Frank M. Murphy, of this city, passed away last Thursday. She was a devoted wife and leaves a heart-broken husband to mourn her loss.

July 16, 1890

Pat Dillard, who killed, W. W. Garrett at Peoria on the 13th inst., had his examining trial Tuesday and was bound over in the sum of $500 to await the action of the grand jury. He gave bond.

July 23, 1890

Little Venson, son of J. F. and V. H. Pritchett departed this life July 12th, aged one year and five months. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends in their bereavement.

July 30, 1890

Robert Garrett, son of W. J. Garrett, who lives four miles southwest of town died Tuesday night of black vomit. He had been suffering for two weeks previous to his demise. He was a worthy and exemplary young man and will be sadly missed to the circle he was accustomed to enliven with his presence.

July 30, 1890

DIED-In Antelope, Jack county, Texas, June 23rd, 1890, B. D. Rounseville, son of J. W. and Mrs. E. J. Rounseville. He was born in this county June 25th, 1875, and lived here with his parents until about two years ago when they all moved to Antelope, where after a long and painful illness he died. The parting was indeed hard, but in the dark hour of death, hope sees a star, and love listening can hear the rustling of angel wings. Faith, triumphant faith, enables the Christian parents to say we shall meet our beloved boy from that fragile form from which death set the parting spirit free, a thousand virtues should arise in the shape of mercy, love and charity to bless this world of ours, from every tear the sorrowing relatives shed around that young grave. Oh, may some good be born..Oh, let some gentle nature come, and in the destroyer steps may bright anticipation’s of a future life spring, and over his dark path become a shining light to lead to heaven and to God. May hope grow strong even while gazing o’er the desolating waste which death made and continue to point to its fruitioc in the skies. J. A. Pharr.

July 30, 1890

Last Sunday morning at 10:30 the pure spirit of Mozelle the infant daughter of Maud and J. M. Duncan took to flight for the better world above. She had been on this earth but the short space of six months, and had from birth been very delicate hardly seeing a well day. The sorrowing parents have the sympathy of many friends.

July 30, 1890

At his home about six miles southwest of this city on Saturday morning, Mr. O. E. Selby passed away. He had been suffering from Typhoid fever for some days. His remains were intered in the Cobb Creek Christian church cemetery on the following day.

July 30, 1890

D. M. Gibson a highly respected citizen of this county, who lived three or four miles southwest of this city died last Saturday with Typhoid fever. He leaves a large circle of friends to mourn his loss.

August 6, 1890

MILFORD-Mrs. Leonora Fears, the daughter of Uncle Charley Warren, who died three weeks ago, died on the 1st of August, and was buried here. She leaves a husband and three children, one an infant only a few days old.

August 6, 1890

Mr. William M. Carmichael, an old and highly respected citizen of this county, who formerly resided at Woodbury, but later has lived at Blum, died at the residence of his nephew, J. H. Carmichael, near Woodbury, on Tuesday a few moments before noon. The deceased was a man much loved and honored by his neighbors and friends and was at one time commissioner. He left a wife and one child and a large number of friends to mourn his loss.

August 6, 1890

Mr. Jeff Jackson’s wife, living at Aquilla station, is lying very low with child-bed fever and is not expected to live. Dr. W. M. Drake was to see her in consultation last Monday.

August 6, 1890

DIED-In Hillsboro, on Saturday, August 2, 1890, Marion Agnes, wife of John A. Bennett, aged twenty-two years, nine months and seven days. The funeral services were held at the family residence on Franklin Street, Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock, by Rev. T. W. Rogers, after which the remains were laid away in the cemetery. The deceased was a loving, devoted wife and she left a husband nearly heart broken, who has the true sympathy of a large circle of friends.

August 13, 1890

PEORIA-Willie Gaugh, aged 11 years, died last Monday at the residence of Mr. McClendon. Mrs. Cathy, his mother being the daughter of Mr. McClendon was living with him at the time of Willie’s death. He was buried in the Peoria cemetery on Thursday last, followed by a large concourse of friends and relatives from his neighborhood. Willie was a bright little fellow, the joy of his mother, and the pride of his grand parents alf of whom deeply lament his loss and miss him in the family circle, but cheer up friends, Willie has passed through the ordeal through which you and I must pass and is today enjoying the company of angels and departed saints, while we are here subject to pain and sorrow, he is free. Let us not weep for his gain is but our loss.

August 13, 1890

AQUILLA-Dr. J. W. Pratt, of Aquilla, lost his babe last Sunday. His many friends throughout the county sympathize with him and his excellent wife in this sad blow.

August 13, 1890

DIED-In this city at 9:55 a.m. Friday, August 8th, 1890, Robert Porter Bentley, aged 17 years, 8 months and 9 days. The deceased has been in our city but a short time and was sick just a week. The funeral services were held at the residence of his brother, W. V. Bentley, Friday afternoon.

August 20, 1890

MASSEY-Mrs. Cynthia Allender died last Wednesday night. She was about eighty years of age.

August 20, 1890

Died in New Brandon, July 31st, 1890 little Maggie Stanley, daughter of Mr. R. W. and Mrs. Emma Stanley. Maggie was a beautiful and bright child only three years old, a sweet and precious blossom, though a very tender flower scarcely ever seeing a well day. She was the first of the family to be struck down and carried away by cruel death, but it is only her mortal part that rests in the cold and silent grave., Her immortal spirit has been caught up into God and his throne. She is now one of the redeemed who throng the courts of heaven and surround the throne of the Redeemer. Seraph love to Jesus dwells in her soul. The light of heaven’s splendour circles her. Her vision is now unclouded and penetratesinto the deep things of God. Perhaps she will sometimes as an angel of mercy hover around her home to whisper thoughts of consolation to her sorrowing relatives hero below. Transporting thought grief stricken ones, be ye faithful until death and you shall meet Maggie again, and she will stay in hyour presence forever and ever. J. A. Pharr.

August 20, 1890

DIED-Charles Rebel Young, infant son of Frank H. and Nannie B. Young, departed this life Tuesday morning, age four months and twenty-five days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. W. Rogers, yesterday evening. the sorrowing parents mourn the loss of a bright swet babe, but the angels rejoice that another member has been received in the heavenly choirs to help swell the grand chorus of praise to the Redeemer.

October 1, 1890 - KILLED AT MEXIA - Mexia, September 27, about 10:35 last night city Marshall Nowlen was shot and instantly killed by Jason Eubanks. The difficulty arose about a joke, and was about as follows: About 10:15 p.m. word was sent to Nowlen that Eubanks was shot in the foot. It is claimed that to keep Nowlen from shooting anybody else his friends got his pistol and drew the balls of the cartridges and put the shells back. Nowlen went running to the place where the shooting was supposed to be, and after he found it was a joke he got mad and a dispute arose and Nowlen told Eubanks he would not have played that trick on anyone, much less a man whom he considered his friend. After a few more words were passed Eubanks drew his pistol and shot Nowlen once while he was on his horse and then shot him after he fell. Either shot would have proved instantly fatal. The coroner’s inquest may develop facts not yet obtainable. Nowlen leaves five children, the eldest not older than twelve years. They have no mother. The affair is deeply regretted by all our citizens. Eubanks gave himself up to the authorities.

October 27, 1890 - WHITNEY ITEMS - Monday night of last week, Mrs. L. A. Nichlas, wife of Mr. J. T. Nichlas, died very suddenly of an attack of heart disease. She was apparently as well as usual until a few moments before her death, when she complained of her head swimming and dropped dead. Her remains were deposited in the Bethlehem cemetery by a number of devoted friends. She leaves a husband and four children. She was the mother of Mrs. Joel Raorn of our town.

October 27, 1890 - Mr. W. R. Kellum, of Waco, died last Friday and was buried the following day. He was a well known and popular business man of that city, and quite well known in Hillsboro.

November 26, 1890 - DIED - Mrs. Mollie Garrett departed this life last Friday evening at her home in this city, aged forty years, nine months, and twenty days. She leaves one daugher to mourn her loss and a host of friends.She was an exemplary christian lady and was ere this learned some of the sweet lessons that the angels learn, and is now free from trial and pain. Her remains were interred in the Hillsboro cemetery Saturday with appropriate religious ceremonies conducted by Rev. J. R.Clark.

November 26, 1890 - DIED - Died in his city on the 22nd day of November, 1890. Horace Briggs, who was born in Robertson county, Tenn., August 31, 1869, and removed to Simpson county, Ky., with his parents, J. A. and Mary Briggs, who still reside there, thence to this city in November, 1889. He leave in this city an esteemed brother, Mr. Frank Briggs,and also, his sister Mrs. Katie Cunningham. Horace has only resided with us one year, and for that period has been one of the leading young men of this place, and aside from being a model boy, was noted for his character and generous spirit, was true to his obligations in life and his death lamented by all who knew him. E.B. Reeves.

November 26, 1890 - Hillsboro, Texas - Mr. Horace Briggs laid down mortality and put on immortality last Friday, November 21. He had lived in this world but twenty one years and eleven months and a short while ago he looked forward to a long and useful life, but the angel of death called and he answered, as all must answer. The funeral services were held at the residence of Mr. Frank Briggs, a brother of the deceased and the remains were interred in the Hillsboro cemetery, Friday morning. He was away from his home and parents but he received the tenderest care of and all the attention human skill could give. He had been in Texas only a short time coming from Tennessee last Spring but during that time made scores of friends in our city.

December 24, 1890 - DIED - Tuesday morning about half past one o’clock, Mrs. Wert, wife of Mr. M. S. Wert died at her home of heart disease. The death angel gave no warning of the approaching crisis to her many friends,and her beloved husband and family only knew of her suffering a moment before the end. but death must come to all and we know not how soon or in what manner he will be ushered into our homes. Mr. Wert and family have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement.

The Hillsboro Mirror, Wednesday, July 30, 1890 - Herb Cobb, a nephew of F. G. Golden, who lives at McCabe’s mill while playing with grass burrs Monday a week ago blowing them through a quill accidentally drew one down his wind pipe. Dr. R. A. Miller, of Peoria, was called in but failed to dislodge the burr, and on last Saturday the doctor accompanied by the little fellow’s stephather Mr. Payne, brought his patient to town for treatment and called in several physicians who after vainly endeavoring to get the grass burr out of the lads throat, decided as a dernier resort to perform the operation of Tracheotomy. The operation was successfully performed by Dr. M. D. Knox, Sessions, Bute and Kennedy. The patient however was too weak and succumed to the shock of the operation. The burr had been lodged in his wind pipe so long interupting his breating that his blood had become vitialed and he had become very weak, and he only lived thirty minutes after the operation. It is very common for children to play with grass burrs in the same manner Herbert was playing when he met with the accident, and his sad fate should be a warning to all.

Wednesday, August 6, 1890 - Mr. Jeff Jackson’s wife, living at Aquilla station, is lying very low with child bed fever and is not expected to live. Dr. W. M. Drake was to see her in consultation last Monday.

Wednesday, August 6, 1890 - Mr. William M. Carmichael, an old and highly respected citizen of this county, who formerly resided at Woodbury, but later has lived at Blum, died at the residence of his nephew, J. H. Carmichael, near Woodbury, on Tuesday a few moments before noon. the deceased was a man much loved and honored by his neighbors and friends and was at one time commissioner. He left a wife and one child and a large number of friends to mourn his loss.

Wednesday, August 6, 1890 - DIED - In Hillsboro on Saturday, August 2, 1890, Marion Agues, wife of John A. Bennett, aged twenty-two years, nine months and seven days. the funeral services were held at the family residence on Franklin Street, Sunday afternoon at 5 o’clock, by Rev. T. W. Rogers after which the remains were laid away in the cemetery. The deceased as a loving, devoted wife and she left a husband nearly heart broken, who has the true sympathy of a large circle of friends.

Wednesday, August 13, 1890 - Dr. J. W. Pratt, of Aquilla, lost his babe last Sunday. His many friends throughout the county sympathize with him and his excellent wife in this sad blow.

Wednesday, August 13, 1890 - DIED - In this city at 9:55 a.m. Friday, Augut 8th, 1890, Robert Porter Bently, aged 17 years, 8 months and 9 days. The decased had been in our city but a short time and was sick just a week. the funeral services were held at the residence of his brother, W. V. Bentley, Friday afternoon.

Wednesday, August 20, 1890 - The funeral of Mr. Sion McNeils will be preached the fourth Sunday in August at Peoria by Rev. McDaniels.

Wednesday, August 20, 1890 - DIED -In New Brandon, July 31st, 1890, little Maggie Stanley, daughter of Mr. R. W. and Mrs. Emma Stanley. Maggie was a beautiful and bright child only three years old, a sweet and precious blossom, though a very tender flower scarcely ever seeing a well day. She was the first of the family to be struck down and carried away by cruel death, but it is only her mortal part that rests in the cold and silent grave. Her immortal spirit has been caught up into God and his throne. She is now one of the redeemed who throng the courts of haven and surround the throne of the Redeemer. Seraphic love to Jesus dwells in her soul. the light of heaven’s splendor circles her. Her vision is now unelouded and penetrates into the deep things of God. Perhaps she will sometimes as an angel of mercy hover around her home to whisper thoughts of consolation to her sorrowing relatives here below. Transporting thought grief stricken ones, be ye faithful until death and you shall meet Maggie again, and she will stay in your presence forever and ever. J. A. Pharr.

 Wednesday, August 20, 1890 - DIED - Charles Rebel Young, infant son of Frank H. and Nannie B. Young, departed this life Tuesday morning, aged four months and twenty five days. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. T. W. Rogers, yesterday evening. The sorrowing parents mourn the loss of a bright sweet babe, but the angels rejoice that another member has been received in the heavenly choirs to help swell the grand chorus of praise to the Redeemer.

Wednesday, September 24, 1890 - The nine months old babe of Charles Jennings, who lives two miles south of town, died suddenly this morning. It had been very sick, but was convalescent and had been dismissed by the attendant physician, and was considered out of danger. paralysis of the respiration is the probable cause of the little one’s death.

October 1, 1890 -KILLING AT MEXIA - Mexia, Sept 27 - About 10:35 last night City Marshall Nowlen was shot and instantly killed by Jason Eubanks. The difficulty arose about a joke, and was about as follows: About 10:15 p.m. word was sent to Nowlen that Eubanks was shot in the foot. It is claimed that to keep Nowlen from shooting anybody else his friends got his pistol and drew the balls of the cartridges and put the shells back. Nowlen went running to the place where the shooting was supposed to be,and after he found it was a joke he mad and a dispute arose and Nowlen told Eubanks he would not have played that trick on anyone, much less a man whom he considered his friend. After a few more words were passed Eubanks drew his pistol and shot Nowlen once while he was on his horse and then shot him after he fell. Either shot would have proved instantly fatal. The coroner’s inquest may develop facts not yet obtainable. Nowlen leaves five children,the eldest not older than twelve years. They have no mother. The affair is deely regretted by all our citizens. Eubanks gave himself up to the authorities.

Wednesday, October 8, 1890 - DIED - On Friday evening, Sept 26, 1890, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Martha Burt, in old Milkills, in Ruck County, Texas, Major David A. Griffin, aged 86 years, 4 months and 19 days. Born in Georgia,and in early boyhood removed with his father to Bibb County, Alabama. In early manhood was married to Polly Manan, whose sainted soul preceded him but a few years and removed to Talladega County, Alabama, where he lived mostly until 1859, when he came to Texas. Major Griffin had an extensive acquaintance, having held the office of sheriff and represented his county in the halls of Legislature for many years. He was a man of large intellect and with decided opinions on all subjects, with a wonderful memory which he retained to the last. He had been a member of the Baptish Church for many years and died in the triumph of a faith that penetrates within the vail. He died in great peace, surrounded by a few relatives and friends, and was buried beside his dear boy, Rev. Ben Griffin. May we all be prepared when summons shall come. Mrs. Mollie E. Griffin, Aquilla, Texas.

October 27, 1890 - Mr. W. R. Kellum of Waco died last Friday and was buried the following day. He was a well known and popular business man of that city, and quite well known in Hillsboro.

Wednesday, October 29, 1890 - WHITNEY ITEMS - Monday night of last week Mrs. L. A. Nichlas, wife of Mr. J. T. Nichlas, died very suddenly of an attach of heart disease. She was apparently as well as usual until a few moments before her death, when she complained of her head swimming and dropped dead. Her remains were deposited in the Bethlehem cemetery by a number of devoted friends. She leaves a husband and four children. She was the mother of Mrs. Joel Raborn, of our town.

Wednesday, October 29,1890 - Card of Thanks - I desire to return to my many friends, my sincere thanks for the kindness and sympathy shown me on the occasion of my late loss and especially for the favors extended, which I heartily appreciate. J. S. Terry.

Wednesday, November 5, 1890 - Died at Irene last Saturday, Mrs. T. A. Denton. the deceased was was buried at Salem cemetery Sunday. To the bereaved husband and little children we extend our heartiest condolence.

Wednesday, November 5, 1890 - DIED - Yesterday at the cemetery in this place all that was mortal of J. B. Dearing was laid away to wait the resurrection morn. He died in Waxahachie Monday on the 3rd of Diabetes. He has been sick for a long time and last Saturday he went to Waxahachie, but the trip was too much for him. He was 30 years and 25 days old.

Wednesday, November 19, 1890 - Mr.Willie Thomas, aged 28 years was buried in the Milford cemetery on Sunday last. He lived six miles Southeast of town. he died of pneumonia.

Wednesday, November 19, 1890 - Rev. Mr. Brooks was called upon to go to Bowman on Monday to preach a funeral sermon over the daughter of Mr. McCauley, of that neighborhood. It was sad indeed that Miss Vicie should have been called away so early. She was just 18, and was to have been married in a short time.

Wednesday, November 19, 1890 - PEORIA - Mrs. Barlow, an old lady that has been living for some time at Mrs. Dr. Ridene, died last Thursday about 4 p.m. with catarrah fever. She was buried in the Peoria cemetery on Friday. the old lady came from Mississippi when quite young and has spent the most of her life in Texas. She has a mother in Mississippi, and a son somewhere in Texas, but the whereabouts of whom she knew nothing. She had no relatives near her at death, but had all the attention that a sympatizing community could bestow.

Wednesday, November 19, 1890 - BRANDON - Miss Vickie, daughter of Mr. W. L. McCalley who lives two miles north of Brandon, died last Sunday morning at 10 o’clock of cerebro spinal meningitis. She was a lovely girl in her eighteenth year, had been consistent member of the Baptist church since quite a child. She was the joy and pride of her home. None knew her but to love her and her death casts a gloom over the entire community. She was to have been married on Sunday to Mr. Willis Hammopds but alas death came first and laid his ley hand on the fair young form and snatched her from him only a few hours before he was to come in possession of the prize. Oh what a sad ending of bright anticipation’s. May God comfort and heal the broken hearts of the bereaved ones. Naomi.

Wednesday, November 26, 1890 - Mrs. Millie Garrett departed this life last Friday evening at her home in this city aged forty years, nine months and twenty days. She leaves one daughter to mourn her loss and a host of friends. She was an exemplary Christian lady and has ere this learned some of the sweet lessons that the angels learn, and is now free from trial and pain. Her remains were interred in the Hillsboro cemetery Saturday with appropriate religious ceremonies conducted by Rev. J. R. Clark.

Wednesday, November 26, 1890 - Died in this city on the 22nd day of November, 1890, Horace Briggs, who was born in Robertson county,Tenn., August 31, 1869, and removed to Simpson county, Ky., with his parents, J. A. and Mary Briggs, who still reside there; thence to this city in November, 1889. He leaves in this city an esteemed brother, Mr. Frank Briggs, and also, his sister Mrs. Katie Cunningham. Horace has only resided with us one year, and for that period has been one of the leading young men of this place, and aside from being a model boy was noted for his character and generous spirit, was true to his obligations in life and his death lamented by all who knew him. E. B. Reavis.

November 25, 1890 - Mr. Horace Briggs laid down mortality and put on immortality last Friday November 21. He had lived in this world but twenty one years and eleven months and a short while ago he looked forward to a long and useful life, but the angel of death called and he answered, as all must answer. the funeral services were held at the residence of Mr. Frank Briggs, a brother of the deceased, and the remains were interred in the Hillsboro Cemetery Friday morning. He was away from his home and parents but he received the tenderest care and all the attention human skill could give. He had been in Texas only a short time coming from Tennessee last Spring but during that time made scores of friends in our city.

Wednesday, December 12, 1890 - DERDEN - Mrs. Baker, aged 80 years, was interred in the Derden cemetery on the lst inst. she was an old citizen of Hill county and has many friends who mourn her loss.

December 12, 1890 - DERDEN - Mr. Garson Mattox is very low with consumption. His recovery is thought doubtful.

Hillsboro Reflector, Wednesday, December 24, 1890 - Died - Tuesday morning about half past one o’clock, Mrs. Wert, wife of Mr. M. S. Wert died, at her home, of heart disease. The death angel gave no warning of the approaching crisis to her many friends, and her beloved husband and family only knew of her suffering a moment before the end. but death must come to all and we know not how soon or in what manner he will be ushered into our homes. Mr. Wert and family have the sympathy of their many friends in their bereavement.

Hillsboro Reflector, Wednesday, January 7, 1891 - WAKEFIELD - Mr. Garrison Mattox died at his home near Derden on the lst of last month. He was an old citizen of Hill and leaves many friends to mourn his loss.

Hillsboro Reflector, Wednesday, January 14, 1891 - DIED - It becomes our sorrowful duty to chronicle the death of another one of our citizens, Mr. W. J. Parks, who passed over the river quietly at his home on East Franklin Street, Monday evening at 7:30 o’clock. Mr. Parks had been sick only a short time and many of his friends did not know of his illness. He had benn suffering from rheumatism and in connection with this he took slow fever from which he never recovered. He leaves a son about 10 years old and scores of friends, to mourn his loss. Services were conducted at the residence by Rev. J. R. Clark and the remains interred in take cemetery yesterday at one o’clock.

January 21, 1891 - A MAN FOUND DEAD - Thursday night, about a half mile from Seyene, in a vacant house where two men apparently stopped for the night, a man was killed. The fact was reported to Justice of the Peace, J. L. Fly, of that precinct, living at Seagoville, who held an inquest and will hold the body as long as possible for identification. The two men who stopped at the vacant house were travelling with three horses, a gig, a two-horse wagon and a trunk. In the latter was a bill or invoice of goods sold by S. E. Carter, of Hillsboro, Tex. to G. W. Sparks. A man was seen by residents of the Seyene neighborhood leaving in a hurry, and is reported to have informed some one that he had killed his partner and was leaving the country. The above appeared in the Dallas News of the 18th. Mr. Sparks was known here. He is a single man and worked for Mr. S. E. Carter on his farm east of town. It has since been learned that Sparks was killed by Ellis, a man that was traveling with him, but was not captured up to the last report.

January 21, 1891 - TRIBUTE OF RESPECT - Whereas it has pleased Almightly God, in his infinite wisdom, to remove from our midst our well beloved and much esteemed brother, John Pinkney Wilkinson, his death which occured the night of December 16, 1890, is a severe trial to his aged parents, a loss to our order, the Farmers Alliance, and to our neighborhood. But we will not mourn, for his life was such that we know what is our loss is his eternal gain. The Father has come down into his garden and has plucked one of the loveliest flowers, in the vigor of youth, and has transplanted it in a higher terrace where it will bloom with sweeter redolence. Be it therefore, Resolved 1. That we, the members of this order, do all we can to comfort the bereaved family, and help them to bear their heavy burden. 2. That these resolutions be spread on the minute book of our order,and a coy sent tothe family of the deceased,and a copy to each of our county papers for publication. Committee: F. A. Bessire, R. W. Pauley, A. M. Sims.

The Hillsboro Mirror, Wednesday, January 21, 1891 - AN AWFUL DEATH - (Published by request)., Last Friday night, between the hours of 10 and 11 o’clock, Cyrus Cox of Milo, Missouri, a young married man, walked away from the bed of his sick wife and without a word of warning drew a razor blade across his neck and died leaving no clue to the cause which led him to commit the terrible deed. Such facts and circumstances as can be gleaned leading up to and surrounding the suicide are as follows: Cyrus Cox moved to Texas soon after his marriage and lived there ten months, returning to Missouri in October, 1888, locating at Milo. He entered into the partnership wth his brother, Joseph J. Cox, in the blacksmith business. He was sober, reliable and a good workman, and prospered. He had bought a little home in the village, and with his wife, whom he almost worshiped, and his little daughter, Mattie, lived happily, so far as the world knows. His wife, having been raised by a sister who lives near Zodiac, wanted to visit there frequently and he would drop his work and take her. Finally, she wanted to go to her old home to live and he, knowing by experience he could not expect a living there, was adverse to the move. Then some three weeks ago, he received a letter from his brother-in-law, J. T. Hilton, of Hill County, Texas, a letter stating that his father who is now very old and resided with Hilton, was very feeble and scarcely expected to live till spring. This preyed on his mind and his brother, Joe, says he would mention the letter several times each day. He made arrangements to go to see his father during the holidays, but circumstances seemed to hold him back, the while he constantly said “If father should die and I not see him I should always regret not going.” Thus matters went on until last week when Mr. Cox and his wife planned to visit his sister and spend Christmas. They were to have gone on Wednesday, but the incessant rain on that day interferred and the trip was postponed until next day. That night she was taken ill, and Dr. Foster being called, prenounced her very ill. During Thursday and Friday she seemed very sick and Cyrus was nervous and uneasy. Friday morning, Thomas Short, a step-brother to Mrs. Cox, went down from Nevada and found her sick. Soon after he came he expressed a desire to shave and Cyrus Cox got his razor from a trunk in the rear room,and after Short had finished shaving took the razor again and it was presumed put it back in the trunk. All day he walked about dejected or sat by his wife, having but little to say. About durk he asked Dr. Foster about his wife’s condition and was informed that though very sick, there was nothing very dangerous in her case. Soon after this he went to his wife’s side and whether he or she did the talking can not be learned, but one said to the other tht she was very ill and could hardly be expected to recover, and some further conversation was held as to the bringing up of their child. It is believed, however, that Mrs. Cox told her husband she did not expect to get well. But Williams, a nephew of Mrs. J. J. Cox, and young Short were watchers at the bedside that night, but neither had been enough impressed by the conversation, or else did not hear it so as to be able to report it definitely. Soon after church was dismissed Arrelous Cox and his sister, Nannie, came in and offered to sit up during the night, but Cyrus said they might be more needed some other night and they went home. Sometime after 10 o’clock, Mr. Cox after refusing to go to bed came up and after looking at his wife a few moments turned and walked out through the rear door, and having to pass the trunk, may then have taken the razor. Bud Williams says “soon after he went out I felt impressed to go and look out and opening the door heard a pecullar noise smilar to an animal choking. As Cyrus had a fat hog near the stable and walked down that way and when near a little stack of hay, I saw him lying on the frozen ground face downward, and the noise I heard was made by him. I thought he had gone to the stable and one of the mules had kicked him. I called his name again and again, but received no answer. I took hold of him, raised him up and there was the razor lying close to his hand and that his throat was cut. Immediately I ran to the house and called Short and together we went to the dying man. I left Short there and ran to wake uncle Joe’s folks and then went for Dr. Foster, after which I returned to the scene of the tragedy, and hearing his wife screaming and trying to find her husband, I went on to the house to try to quiet her, while others lifted Cyrus and carried him to Lloyd’s store.” Joe Cox, the dead man’s brother said “I had been to church and being tried had gone to bed, and I think had been asleep when Bud came and awakening King Relaus told him what had happened. I do not know what time it was. Relaus, told Bud to go for Dr. Foster, and he ran to wake John Curtis and Mr. Lloyd. I ran as quickly as I could and jumping the fence I fell down by Cyrus’s side and called his name, asking him what in God’s name had happened, but when I turned him on his back I saw all hope was gone, and on raising up I struck with the toe of my boot something hard, and looking down, saw the razor, his razor, and its case near it. Soon others came and they carried him at the doctor’s orders, to Lloyd’s store. He was still alive and lived some fifteen or twenty minutes after taken to the store. He was thirty years old the eighth day of this month, “I do not know what caused him to do this thing unless his mind gave way from despondency over his wife’s and our fahter’s illness. He was doing well and had nothing to trouble him except as I have just said.” James H. Lloyd said “I had gone to bed and was started to hear heavy steps run up to Curtis’ door and soon after Mrs. Curtis knocked at my door saying “let me in quick” and then announced that Cyrus Cox had cut his throat. I dressed myself hastily and ran over to his house and found Mrs. Cox screaming and begging to be taken to him. I did ny best to quiet her and went to find where he was, but they had taken him to my store. I held his head in my arms, while the doctor probed the wound, and still held him when he died. It was an awful sight. After the inquest I cut his clothes off and washed and dressed the body, Dr. Foster sewing up the wound. His was the largest funeral ever held in Milo.” Squire T. A. Smith said “I presided over the inquest held Saturday on the body of Cyrus Cox, who died Friday night. The evidence went to show the evidence you already know. Mrs. Cox was not called, though I thought she ought to be, but it was believed she was too weak to appear, and Dr. Foster being out of town we could not call him to testify as to her condition, and we forgot to ask him when he testified, before going away. The wound in his throat was high up next to the chin and was five and one-quarter inches long. There was but one cut and it reached the bone at the back of the neck, severing the wind-pipe and the arteries. The verdict of the jury was that he came to his death by the wound in his neck, inflicted by his own hand from causes unknown to the jury. I believed Mrs. Cox ought to have been summoned and that she was able to appear. She attended the funeral Sunday, and after cleaning up Monday, she left Tuesday for her sister’s near Zodiac. No one but she knows what Cyrus said to her on that fatal Friday, and whether he threatened to take his life. She did not believe he was the author of his own death, at least at times she expressed her views to the contrary, while at others she seemed to think no one else was concerned. We shall never know what prompted him to the deed, for there can be no doubt he did it and may be it is better so.” The funeral took place Sunday afternoon at the Baptish church, in the presence of a large consurse, the services being held by Rev. Nevill, of Sheldon.

Hillsboro Mirror - January 27, 1891 - DIED - Mrs. A. W. Massey passed quietly away last Saturday morning,and was buried in the Antioch graveyard on Sunday. She leaves a husband and three little children to mourn their loss. They have the sympathy of the community at large in their bereavement.

January 27, 1891 - Mr. Ben T. DuVal died at an early hour this morning from an over dose of morphia sulphur taken probably to soothe pain. He was a great sufferer with internal disorders. At times his anguish was overcoming. Ben was the first newspaper boy that ever carried a daily paper on these streets. He grew up to manhood and became a merchant. He was the foremost dealer in feed stuff in Waco, His store on South Fourth Street, is draped today in crape. His wife, who is an invalid, is at Rockport. His mother was with him at his death. He leaves considerable property, mostly real estate. In consequence of the report that he committed suicide his friends requested an inquest, which Justice Gallagher is holding at this time. Mr.Railey, of the Hillsboro Reflector is Mr. Du Vals kinsman. There will be a considerable turnout of newspaper men of this and adjoining towns as Mr. Du Val was very popular with that fraternity. The above is a Waco special sent to the Dallas News. Mr. DuVal was a son-in-law of Mr. J. D. Railey, of our town.

Hillsboro Mirror - February 4, 1891 - DIED - Near Brandon, last Sunday. Mr. Will McMurray, son of W. H. McMurray, passed off life’s stage of action into the unseen world to await the resurrection morn. Will was a worthy young man and numbered his friends by the score, who now mourn their loss,and his home folks have the sympathy of the community at large. He died of measles.

February 4, 1891 - DEATH OF REV. J. W. SMITH - We are pained to record the death of Rev. J.W. Smith, of this place, which sad event occurred last Wednesday night, after a long and painful illness of many weeks. the deceased was 75 years old at the time of death, and was one of the old settlers of this section of the State. He was a pastor of the C. P. church at Liberty Hill and this place for many years; an honorary member of the Masonic Lodge here, and an excellent citizen, kind father and good neighbor, and his demise is deeply regretted by all. He leaves several sons, daughters and grand-children, also, to mourn his decease. The remains were interred at Liberty Hill cemetery, in the family burial lot, last Thursday afternoon with Masonic Ceremonies, by Hubbard City Lodge, No. 530, assisted by Spring Hill Lodge, No. 155, of Dawson, and Rev. B. M. Taylor conducted the religious exercises (Hubbard City News).

February 18, 1891 - A FATAL ACCIDENT - James Newton, a brakeman on the Hillsboro branch of the M. K. & T. railroad, met death at a switch station at Pecan Creek last Thursday morning. the train was doing some switching there and Newton was about to uncouple a car when it is supposed his foot slipped and he fell across the tract and several cars passed over his body severing one arm and mashing the other one and his head and chest into a jelly. Death was instantaneous. The body was carried to Waxahachie where an inquest was held, and from thence to Greenville, where his father lives, for interment. Deceased was about 27 years old, was married and lived in Dallas. He had been in the employ of the railroad about two years. He was said to be sober and well liked by his associates.

February 18, 1891 - OBITUARY - Martha Isabella Hill was born in Louisiana March 19th, 1840. Died February 3rd, 1891, aged 50 years, 10 months and 14 days. in March, 1856, she was married to Joe A. Hill, who still survives her. She was the mother of 11 children, 10 of whom are living. In 1862 Sister Hill united with the M E church and remained in it a consistent Christian until her death. For years she has been a great suffered but she endured all patiently, believing “that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.” A true wife, a loving Christian mother has gone, but the friends need not mourn as those who have no hope. Only emulate the virtues of the departed, love and obey God, and in the bright beyond he will give you mother again, and a house in heaven.

February 18, 1891 - DIED - Monday morning, at her home in West Hillsboro, Mrs. Fred Jones departed this life for the one beyond. Death was caused by pneumonia. Her remains were laid away in the cemetery Tuesday morning.

February 18, 1891 - Many sympathizing friends gathered at the Cemetery last Sunday evening, where the remains of Miss. Effie Traylor was laid to rest. Her death was quite sudden and cast a gloom over all. She was a beautiful amiable girl. May she rest in peace till the Savior calls.

February 25, 1891 - DIED - WHITNEY - Monday at 12:30 p.m., Mrs. Mary A. White died at the home of her son Mr. W. O. Christopher on Franklin Street, and was buried yesterday at 4:30 p.m., many sympathising friends following the remains to their last resting place. Mrs. White was 60 years old and had not been in very good health for some time,and her death was not altogether expected.

February 25, 1891 - WHITNEY - Old Lady Barefoot, aged about 68 uears, died at her home, four miles west of Whitney, Tuesday morning, of consumption.

February 25, 1891 - Quite a number of young folks of this community have had the mealsles. There has been two deaths caused by measles in this community. The two youngest children of Mr. Wm. Brown, they dying in a week of eachother. Mrs. Brown has also been very sick.

February 25, 1891 - WAKEFIELD - We regret to note this week the death of one of Mr. Clarke’s little children, and also one of Mr. Armstrong’s. The parents have our entire sympathy.

March 4, 1891 - MERTENS - Onthe morning of the 2nd inst. the town was shocked by the news that Miss Fannie Richardson, sister of Dr. F. J. Richardson, of this place, was found dead in her bed. Miss Fannie lived near Waxshachie, but had been visiting her brother and family here for more than a month. She was taken with fever about three weeks ago and had been confined to her bed since. She was convalescent, however, Sunday, being entirely clear of fever. Her mother, who has been with her during her illness, says she (Miss Fannie) called her about 4 o’clock in the morning and complained of being cold. She was made comfortable and was not disturbed any more. Breakfast was prepared before any attempt was made to disturb her rest, when her mother went to wake her to eat something. She had probably died soon after calling to her mother, as her feet and hands were already cold and stiff. The alarm was given and her brother sent for, who had gone to see a patient in the country. The rest of the family were telephoned for immediately. They arrived here late yesterday evening. Early this morning a solemn procession was seen to move slowly out, bearing as its burden the remains of one bright flower whose purity and innocence were characteristic of her life. How dull come the throb, how acute the pain when we look upon the lifeless face of one most dear and sacred to our heart, and realize that our earthly existence must be spent without their companionship; but how grand it is when a hope of reaching a better world is safely entertained - there to meet long departed loved ones and know that life and joys will be eternal and parting - though ten thousand ages pass - will never come.

Weep not, dear parents, that she’s gone;

Her worldly sufferings are o’er,

She dwells with angels in the skies,

Where troubles come no more.

Weep not dear brothers, that she’s gone

Her spirit took its flight,

She gone to a home that’s far beyond,

Mid reaims of pure delight.

Weep not, dear sister, that she’s gone

She’s gone where rest is found;

Where only the good may enter

And wear a golden crown.


March 11, 1891 - IRENE - Mr. Tally, a young man living on J. W. Langford’s farm was found dead in his bed one morning about three weeks ago. He had plowed all day the day before and went to bed apparently as well as usual. The cause of death is unknown.

March 11, 1891 - IRENE - The little babe of Mr. D. Bally died last Thursday. It was but a few days old. It fluttered but a short while, a captive to life, and then took its departure to happier elimes.

March 11, 1891 - IRENE - Mr. John Henry Rodgers, who has been afflicted for some time with consumption, died last Wednesday. He leaves a family who has the sympthy of freinds and relatives.

March 11, 1891 - DIED - Rev Wm. Vaughn died at the residence of his son, Dr. B. H. Vaughn, living nine miles south west of Hillsboro, Thursday, February 26th, 1891, at12:15 o’clock, and was buried next day at the Hillsboro Cemetery. He was about 71 years of age, and had been a faithful and distinguished itinerant preacher in the M.E. church for many years. He came to Hill county at an early day, and was indeed and in truth a pioneer preacher. Well can it be said of him, “well done thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joys of thy Lord.” He was a great and good man, beloved by all, without an enemy in the world. For a number of years he had become too enfeebled to preach and was placed on the retired list of preachers. Dr. B. H. Vaughn, his son, is a successful practitioner of medicine. The other son, James, is a distinguished minister, and is following rapidly in the footsteps of his distinguished father. His daughter, Emma, is the wife of A. J. Turk, a successful dry goods merchant of Hillsboro. To the bereaved family we extend our most sincere sympathy in this their sad hour of bereavement, and pray that they will remember that their loss is his eternal gain, and that he has been translated to that bright and beautiful abode, not made with hands eternal in the heavens “where sickness, sorrow, pain and death, are felt and feared no more.” A large concourse of loving friends and sorrowing relatives followed his remains to their last resting place.

March 18, 1891 - DIED - At Madison, Ala., on Monday, March 2, Mr. J. L. Bowers died of consumption. Mr. Bowers was well and favorably known in Hillsboro and Hill county. He was a clerk in the hardware store of Thompson & Blakey in 1889 and afterwards lived near Massey. In the early part of 1890 he led to Hymen’s altar one of Hillsboro’s fair maidens, Miss Hattie Barry, and the two started out into life hopeful and the way seemed bright for a while, but that dreadful disease only lingered for a season and returned to claim its victim. They removed to west Texas and from there to the home of his father, where he remained until his death. It is sad to chronicle the death of one’s friends, but we call to mind the fact that the deceased had an undying faith in his Heavenly Master and had obeyed Him, following in his footsteps and living a model Christian life. To such a disciple there is a glorious future awaiting them in that home beyond. Mr. Bowers goes to (word missing) his own and a crown of (words missing) ness is his reward.

March 18, 1891 - Have just learned of the death of the infant son of Mr.and Mrs. L. Grubbs. the bereaved parents have the sumpathy of the entire community.

March 25, 1891 - WEST - Mr. T. L. McGhee, an old and respected citizen of this place, died last week at the age of 79. He was the oldest man in the community, and was well known throughout the county.

April 15, 1891 - DIED - Dr. H. W. Randle was found dead in his bed Monday night about 12 o’clock at the residence of his son-in-law, Mr. J. L. Watson, on Franklin street. He was very feeble, being 78 years old,and his death was caused from heart failure. He came to Hillsboro from Alabama about three or four months ago. He was very highly respected in his native country and was a physician of considerable note, but in recent years, on account of his age, he had retired from his profession. His remains were interred in the Hillsboro cemetery yesterday.

April 29, 1891 - WHITNEY - A man by the name of Hollman, who lived about a mile and a half from Peoria and making a crop on the farm of Mr. Peter Cliett, committed suicide Saturday by taking a mixture of morphine and strychnine. the circumstances leading to the suicide were that he had fallen in love with a young lade in Peoria, and as he was about thirty five years old, and without fortune, education or good looks, she repelled his advances. On Saturday he was in Peoria endeavouring to sell his crop, and it is said while there he wrote a note to the young lady’s father, telling him that his daughter had broken his heart and that life no longer had any charms for him. Before leaving town he bought twenty-five cents worth, each of strychnine and morphine which he took sometime later in the day and died that night. He was buried Sunday in the Peoria cemetery.

April 29,1891 - Resolutions of Respect of Aquilla Lodge, No. 644, A. F. and A. M.

Whereas, by the will of the supreme architect of the universe, Brother J. C. Mays has been called from our midst to join the more noble throng in the celestial lodge above, be it, Resolved: 1. That in the death of Brother J. C. May the lodge has lost an efficient member and a christian. 2. That the members of the lodge wear the badge of mourning for the term of thirty days. 3. That the widow and family of our deceased brother have our deepest sympathies inthis their sad minfourtune. 4. That the secretary of the lodge forward a copy of these resolutions to the widow our deceased brother and, also to the Hillsboro Mirror and Aquilla Democrat for publication. Committee: E. R. Boyd, J. M. MaGee, J. M. Ward.

April 29, 1891 - Death of Col. V. H. Ivy - At the residence of his son, Dr. H. T. Ivy, in Peoria, Tuesday, April 28, 1891, at 4 o’clock, a.m., Col. V. H. Ivy passed away. Col. Ivy lacked ten days of being sixty-seven years old, and the cause of his death was cancer of the face. He has suffered intensely in the past year or two and all was done for him that was possible, but it seemed that the inevitable was to be ushered in by this terrible disease-the cancer, and in the past few months his relatives and friends knew the end was not far distant. Col. Ivy was one of Hill county’s most honorable and very highly respected citizens. For many years a member of the law firm of V. H. and Thos Ivy; he seved the county two terms as county attorney, and was vice-president of the Farmers National Bank since its organisation in 1887. The remains were brought to this city yesterday and interred in the cemetery at 4:30 p.m. Funeral services were held at the residence of his son, Mr. Thomas Ivy, on Craig Street, at 4 o’clock conducted by Rev.Wm. Eldridge, and the remains were laid to rest and further services conducted at the grave by the Masons. The business houses were closed from 3 to 5 o’clock, and it was said to be the longest funeral procession in the history of our town.

May 20, 1891 - We feel sad indeed at the undertaking to record the death of R. H. Lowry, one of Hill county’s most staunch, worthy and respected citizens. Mr. Lowry has been an invalid for quite a while, growing worse and better at intervals. Last Thursday he suddenly grew worse and was stricken with paralysis in the left side, which gradually extended to the right. From that time he lay speechless and unconscious until his death which occurred the following Monday at 3 a.m. We extend to his bereaved wife our heartiest condolence in her untimely loss of her earthly companion, and as a thought of consolation would repeat: “His will, not our, be done.” Deceased was born in Amite county, Miss., Dec. 13, 1824; came to Texas in 1865, and to Hill county in 1869, where he has lived ever since. May 2, 1869 he was married to Miss Celestia D. Williams, in this county. There were however, no children born to them. There are hours of pain that must be borne; there are times when friends must part; there are loved ones after whom we’re called to mourn, with eyes bedewed and broken heart. Staeboraw.

May 20,1891 - WHITNEY - Miss Vicy Hunter, aunt of our townsmen, R. R. and C. G. Hunter, died at the residence of his sister-in-law, Mrs. S. D. Cowan, in the western portion of town Thursday evening about 6 o’clock. She was interred yesterday in the Bethlehem cemetery.

May 20, 1891 - OSCEOLA, TEX, MAY 3, 1891 - This morning about 10 o’clock little Charley Luther, the son and only child of C. and Mary McDonald quit the walks of man. He was 2 years 9 months and 3 days old. He was loved by all who knew him. Oh, how we miss him at home. We cannot see him at home we cannot see him coming to see mamma and papa. His absence can never be filled. Ho how we miss the sweet face and prattle of his little tongue but the Lord’s will be done. He giveth life and taketh the same at His will. Blessed be the name of the Lord. We will meet little Luther some day if we are only prepared. His sweet voice is hushed to us for a while; his little body lies beneath the sod, his young and tender brow rests in death’s chilly arms, his hands are clasp upon his breast. “Thy gentle voice now is hushed, Thy warm true heart is still, And on thy young and tender brow rests in death cold chill. Thy hands are crossed upon thy breast, We oft have kissed thy lovely brow, And in our aching know, We have no darling Luther now.” Affectionately his grandma, P. F. W.

May 20,1891 - WHITNEY - Louis Nepoleon, an old colored man who had been an inhabitant of Whitney ever since the town was laid off, died at his home here yesterday morning.

June 17, 1891 - The infant child, aged one week, of Mr.and Mrs. Luther Craig, died this morning about 9 o’clock and was buried this evening at five.

June 17, 1891 - OBITUARY - Mrs. Mary A. Fain, wife of S. C. Fain, departed this life June 5, 1891. She was born in McDonald county, Mo., in 1842; was married to Frank M. Weatherby in 1858 and moved to Texas in the same year, locating in Hill county. Mr. Weatherby died at the close of the war and in 1868 she married Mr. S. C. Fain, a successful farmer and stock raiser, who still survives her. Mrs. Fain was stricken with paralysis on one side, August 18, 1888, which deprived her of her speech, and it was only at times that she could move about the room very much. For several months prior to her death she was confined to her bed and almost helpless. She was a member of the Baptist church, having confessed her faith in Christ when a young girl, and had always lived in that manner becoming a noble Christian woman.

August 12, 1891 - OBITUARY - It becomes our sorrowful duty to chronicle he death of one of our most worthy townsmen and respected citizen. T. L. Sperry, of the firm of T. L. Sherry & Son, died at his home in Martens, Thursday, the 6th inst. at 2 o’clock a.m. Parents of deceased at an early date removed to Indianapolis, Indiana, from Sparta, Tenn., and lived there a few years. It was while living there that deceased was born. His parents afterwards went back to Tennessee, where he was raised and lived till his removal to Texas, which took place last March, when he brought his family here to live permanently. He and his son, F. W. Sperry, had been carrying on a dry goods business here, however, since last August. Deceased’s family consisted of his wife, two sons and three daughters, all of whom were with him during his last hours, except Chas. L. Sperry, who did not reach here from Tennessee for two days after the burial of his father. Mr. Sperry was a devoted Christian, having become a member of the Methodist Church many years ago. He was also a member of the Masonic order and was buried with Masonic Honors. His greatest desire always seemed to be to promote the welfare and happiness of his family, and truly it may be said that he was a kind, loving and indulgent husband and father. To his wife, children and brother, we extend our heartfelt commiseration in this their saddest bereavement, which is of only a few years duration, if they are only as faithful as that beloved one who has preceded them. It is indeed a consolation to know that when his earthly suffering became so great that they could not be borne, that there is an All-wise who, in His infinite wisdom saw fit to call him away from pain and death and give him a home not made with hands, where his spirit might forever bask in the sunshine of eternal bliss. Syrebora W.

August 26, 1891 - ITASCA - Mr. B. C. G. Summers, living near Shiloh, died Tuesday about 11 o’clock with typhoid fever. Mr. Summers has longbeen a citizen of this county, and was loved and respected by all who knew him.

August 26, 1891 - DIED - At the residence of Dr. Wm. Bond, in this city, Saturday morning at 2 o’clock. Mrs. E. M. Alexander, wife of Mr. J. F. Alexander, of Abilene, and sister of Mrs. Wm. Bond, died of nervous prostration. The corpse was taken back to Spring Hill, Tenn, by Mr. Alexander, leaving on the afternoon train Saturday, and was laid to rest in the old family burying ground, hear that place. Mrs. Alexander was here on a visit to her relatives when she was taken ill. Her daughter, Mrs. J. A. Lawler, and Dr. J. M. Alexander, both of Abilene, were with her during her illness.

September 9, 1891 - Killed his Father-in-Law - MT. CALM, Sept 4., - News has just reached here that a farmer, W. A. Shelton, living near Bellington, Limestone County, was hot and killed this evening by James Sypert, son-in-law of Shelton, deceased. The killing was brought about by some trouble in family affairs. Sypert went and surrendered himself to the precinct justice of the peace.

September 16, 1891 - Since my last, Mr. George Body’s baby boy has died after several months of illness, the little fellow clung tenaciously to life, but the Lord needed another flower in paradise hence the transplanting of this precious bud from earth to heaven.

September 16, 1891 - DIED - Cleo, Daughter of Mr. R. P. Edrington, died at her home in Itasca this morning of heart disease about 9 o’clock. Cleo was a bright young girl 12 years of age, but for the past year has suffered a great deal, and her death has been expected for the past week or so. Her remains will be brought to Hillsboro and buried here upon the arrival of the 11:30 train tomorrow. Friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral service.

September 23, 1891 - DIED - At the residence of Mrs. Tyalor, onthe Milford road, Monday evening, Mr. J. T. Osborne, of Corninth, Ky., died. Mr. Osborne was in the last stage of consumption and his father, Mr. D. F. Osborne, had just arrived with him, from Kentucky hoping that the change would be beneficial to him, but the trip was too much for him. The young man leaves a wife and two children to mournhis early demise. The remainswere embalmed by R. T. Dennis and Bro. and shipped back to Kentucky for interment.

September 23, 1891 - Mr. P. M. Ellis, an old resident of Hill county, passed over the river of death last Sunday morning. His home on the Peoria and Woodbury road was a scene of mourning on Sunday, and many friends and relatives followed the remains to their last resting place.

September 23, 1891 - Mrs. T. C. Tarbutton died at her home about 2-1/2 miles northeast of town last Saturday morning, of consumption.

September 23, 1891 - Old Uncle Pete Carmichael (col) died at the poor farm last Sunday and was buried Monday. Uncle Pete was an old residenter of this country and a good old Negro. He was about seventy years old when he died and what he knew, if told, would no doubt make a valuable bit of history.

September 30, 1891 - DIED - At his home in this city last Friday at a little after 2 o’clock. Mr. Eli Case, aged forty-six years passed through the valley and the shadow of death. Mr. Case had been suffering for several weeks past with flux and his life has been despaired of for a week or more. he suffered a great deal but bore it patiently as one that had hope beyond the grave. He was kindly cared for through his sickness by the Knights of Honor, of which order he was an honored member, and after had breathed his last they attended to his burial. The remains were laid to rest in the Hillsboro Cemetery on Saturday at 10 o’clock, followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends. Mr. Case was an honorable citizen and very highly respected by all who knew him. The Mirror joins with his many friends in extending sympathy to the sorrowing family.

September 30, 1891 - PEORIA - Mr. P. M. Ellis, who died at his residence near here a few days ago, was an old and highly honored citizen of our community. In his death we have lost a good citizen, the wife an affectionate husband, and the church a faithful member. Let us bow and submit to the will of Him who doeth all things well.

 October 7, 1891 - ITASCA - DIED September 24th, Grace Matherson, grandchild of W. F. Jones, age two years. She was buried in the cemetery at Rock Wall.

October 7, 1891 - WHITNEY - Mr. T. O. Thompson, an old and respected citizen of this section, died at his home five miles south of town. Wednesday morning of paralysis, aged 54 years. He was well and hearty up to a few days before his death and it was not until Sunday last that the disease took a decided turn and ended in his death. He had been a citizen of Texas since before the war and leaves a host of friends all over this section to mourn his lose.

October 14, 1891 - Near Milford last Saturday, Dan Hardeman, colored, was shot and instantly killed by another Negro. Sheriff Cox received a telegram to look out for him and he at once left in pursuit of the murderer in company with his deputy Tom Weatherred. The latter was joined by Geo. Stanford, Marshall of Itasca and Jno. A. Stevens, deputy U. S. Marshall at Osceola, and the same day caught their man a little south of Cleburne. He was at once taken to Ellis county jail and so strong was the evidence against him that he was refused bail. It is alleged as the reason for his killing Hardeman that he was engaged to Hardeman’s daughter and were to be married in a few days, but he wanted the girl to leave the cotton field and do his washing for him and because the old man refused to let his daughter do this, the brute drew his pistol with the result as above stated.

October 14,1891 - Charles Spurgeon, age 2 years, son of Rev. D. P. Sanders, died September 25th of pneumonia after an illness of about 10 days. God saw his trembling form too pure to enter on life’s turbulent stream, and ere the cold damp of sin had touched his unpolluted spirit he loved and lured to the skies a bud transplanted to bloom in immortal beauty, a dispensation that will ever keep the hearts of the fond parents heaven ward.

October 14, 1891 - RESOLUTION OF RESPECT - Since it has pleased Almighty God, in the unerring dispensation of His divine will, to remove from our ranks our beloved brother knight, Eli Case, be it resolved by the Hillsboro Lodge,3273, K of H: That by the death of Brother Case, our community has lost an upright, good and valued citizen; that our order has been deprived of one of its most exemplary and sealons members; that a true Knight of Honor has fallen ‘neath the withering hand of death; that we extend our cordial sympathy to the beloved family in this dark hour of distress; that our charter and the badges of our order be draped in his memory for thirty days; that a copy of these resolutions be sent to the family; that the same be spread upon our reporter’s book and also printed in each of our city papers. Cheerfully submitted in O.M.A. Jas. J. Robert, C. Moorman, J. R. Thompson (Committee), Hillsboro, Tex., October 13, 1891.

October 14, 1891 - MOUNTAIN VIEW - Charles Spurgeon, age 2 years, son of Rev. D. P. Sanders, died Sept. 25th, of pneumonia afer an illness of about 10 days. God saw his trembling form too pure to enter on life’s turbulent stream, and ere the cold jump of sin had touched his unpointed spirit he loved and lured to the skies a bud transplanted to bloom in immortal beauty, a dispensation that will ever keep the hearts of the fond parents heavenward.

 October 21, 1891 - DIED - In this city, Thursday, October 15th, at 5:25 o’clock p.m., Mrs. Mamie Jones,wife of Mr. Ed Jones, aged 18 years and 9-1/2 months. the funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. R. Clarke on Friday at four o’clock, and loving friends followed the remains from their residence on Covington Street to the city cemetery where they were laid to rest. It is sad to chronicle the death of a young wife, whose hopes for a higher and useful career in this life are brought to an unlooked for end in death. To the sorrowing husband and little child, only five months old, the Mirror extends sympathy.

November 4, 1891 - Hubbard - Joseph H. Ratcliff died at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the residence of his father, H. Ratcliff, in Hubbard City. Funeral services were held at the Baptish church at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The remains were interred in the city cemetery.

November 11, 1891 - DIED - The funeral of Miss Carrie McInnis, who died at Ennis, Texas, yesterday of slow fever, was preached at the Methodist church today by Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss. Miss Carrie was a sister of Mrs. I. M. Givens, this city, and a very popular young lady in the town where she lived. Her death brings sorrow to the hearts of many warm friends and her death is almost unbearable to her sorrowing mother and sister, to who the Mirror joins with their many firends in this city in extending sympathy for their great loss.

November 11, 1891 - At her home in West Hillsboro, last Friday, Mrs. Lilly died of consumption and was buried in the city cemetery Saturday. She had been a sufferer for several months and being a widow was unable to provide for her family. Kind friends came to her aid and three of the children were sent to the State Orphans Home at Corsicana and it is sad to know that they were unable to get a last look at their mother before she was laid away in the cold ground. The sympathy of the entire community should go out to these children and all aid possible should be given them to help them along and to brighten their lives.

November 11, 1891 - HUBBARD - The infant boy of Rev. R. E. and Mrs. A. E. Harden died Thursday the 20th inst. The remains were buried in the city cemetery. Rev. B. M. Taylor conducted the services at the grave.

November 11, 1891 - OBITUARY - Sister Ellen Perry was born, Sept. 6, 1865. She was coverted at the age of fifteen and joined the M. E. Church South and lived a consistent member through life. She died Oct. 27th near Haskell, Texas. She leaves a broken-hearted husband, W.K. Perry, and two precious little children, one a little girl six years of age, and the other a little boy three years of age. Although she suffered greatly during her last days, there was a constant hope that filled her breast of a brighter home where there is no more pain. As this world faded away from her, she entred into the glory of a happier world above. M. W. Rogers.

November 25, 1891 - DIED - At his home on Waco street, Monday at 1 o’clock p.m., Mr. C. C. McCormick, in his sixtieth year. There were religious services conducted by Rev. J. R. Clark at the residence at 3 o’clock on Tuesday, after which the Knights of Honor tookcharge of the remains and conducted the mburial service according to the ritual of their order. Mr. McCormick it will be remembered has only resided in Hillsboro but about a year, coming here from Corsicana and accepting a position in the jewelry store of W. W. Buck. He was recognized as a veteran jeweler and reliable in every particular. He had became attached to our people inthe past year, and they as friends, mourn his departure and sympatize in a deep sense with his lainented wife and children.

November 25, 1891 - ITASCA - Mr C. F. Kerr, who has been in very low health for a long time, died at the home of his brother, Mr. A. W. Kerr, Thursday evening. Mr. Kerr was an excellent young man, and leaves many friends who mourn his departure. During all his illness he has received the most marked kindness at the hands of Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Kerr, and no efforts have been spared in trying to make his life as happy as possible. We extend our sympathies to the bereaved relatives, and trust their loss may be his gain.

December 2, 1891 - HUBBARD - Wm. Coker’s little son, Willie, died Tuesday morning of croup. The remains were interred in Liberty Hill Cemetery.

December 2, 1891 - DIED - Fannie Roby, aged sixteen years, daughter of Mr. J. A. Roby, of Massey, died at the residence of Mr. J. C. Burkhalter, this city, last Friday of slow fever, and was buried on Saturday at the Bell Springs cemetery, near Massey. We extend to the sorrowing parents our sympathy.

December 2, 1891 - BRANDON - Mrs. Mary T. Jack, died the 12th of Nov. with typhoid pneumonia, after more than a week of intense suffering. She was young but a consistent member of the Methodist church. It is with awe and reverence that we speak of the death of this noble Christian woman, and it is but weak language to say that the church, the community and her family have sustained a great loss in her death. Her husband and little babe, her mother and sister whom she left behind have the sympathy of the entire community. Naomi.

December 2, 1891 - MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF MR. A. J. WILLIAMS - Yesterday’s Dallas News contained the following account of Mr. A. J. Williams death, which occurred in that city Monday morning: “Yesterday morning shortly after 6 o’clock, Jerry Pierce, the colored porter at the store of Roberts & Means, Oak Cliff, went to the rear of the tore to get wood with which to build a fire. While thus engaged he discovered a corpse stretched at full length on the ground. He informed E. C. Miller, a clerk in the store, of the discovery, and together they viewed the remains, which proved to be those of Mr. A. J. Williams, 76 years old, father of Dr. O. L. and R. G. Williams. the corpse showed evidence of having came to its death through accident. There was a deep bruise over the left eye, two holes were cut through the under lip and both legs were badly bruised. The deceased divided his time between visiting his daughter, Mrs. J. P. Rogers who resides at Whitney, and his sons at Oak Cliff. He had recently started to Whitney and his return was not known until his remains were found yesterday as above described. The most plausible theory whereby to account for Mr. Williams death is that he returned from Whitney on last night’s train and possibly got off the train while in motion, or perhaps fell in a trench sustaining the injuries that caused his death. One of his sons has an office in the Roberts & Means building at the rear of which the corpse was found. It is probable that the deceased after sustaining the accident endeavoured to make his way to his son’s office and that while thus engaged his strength gave out and he laid down and died. The remains were viewed by Justice Whittaker.” Dr. R. G. Williams brought his father’s corpse to Whitney yesterday, where it was interred in the cemetery of that place. Mr. Williams was one of our oldest and most highly respected citizens, he having lived in Hill county since 1865, and his death touch the heart of many a friend.

December 9, 1891 - Monday evening at six o’clock at the family residence in West Hillsboro, Mr. Charles Vernon Roberts breath his last. Vernon as he was commonly known among his associates, was just a little over twenty-one years of age, and it was very sad indeed to see him snatched away by the death angel just as he was entering into manhood with all of life’s possibilities before him, and at a time when he was all in all to his dear mother, whom he cherished and supported with the labor of his hands. He with his mother, brother and sisters, came to Hillsboro from Russelvill, Ky., about a year ago, and in that time had formed many fond attachments to our people and was considered an upright and honorable young man, and during his sickness he was cared for with the best of attention by both relative and friends. The funeral services were conducted at the grave by Rev. W. A. Patterson yesterday at 2 o’clock, p.m. The sympathy of the community goes out to the bereaved family.

December 9, 1891 - This community was touched with the sad news of the death of Mrs. Daisy Moore, wife of Deputy County Clerk Chas. Moore, which occurred in Texarkana last Thursday morning at the home of her parents. Mrs. Moore had not been in very good health and was on a visit to her parents when she took to her bed never to get up again. Her husband was telegraphed for and was with her in her last suffering. The first news that reached Hillsboro was that she was dead and would be buried here. The remains arrived Friday night and were conveyed to Mr. Moore’s residence on Franklin street, from which they were taken and laid to rest in the cemetery at 11 o’clock on Saturday. the funeral services were conduct by Rev. M. S. Hotchkiss.

December 16, 1891 - The entire community was shocked last Thursday by the death of Miss Missouri Dupree, daughter of Mrs. N. Edwards, which occurred at the family residence on Waco Street at half past two o’clock in the afternoon. She had been sick for about two weeks with fever, and on Wednesday was thought to be much improved, but the relapse came and it seemed that nothing could be done to stay the cold hand of death. Miss Missouri was a true, noble-hearted young lady, affectionate and kind to everyone with whom she became acquainted and was therefore held in high esteem by all. She was a devout member of the Baptist church and a true Christian. Her place in the home cannot be filled for aside from the great loss of a dutiful daughter and loving sister, with all that that implies, she was the trusted manager of the household affairs for her dear mother and sister. A short service was conducted at the residence by Rev. J. R. Clarke on Friday at 3 o’clock, after which he remains were carried to the cemetery and laid away.

December 16, 1891 - Death of Carley Vaughan - At the family residence in the Union Bluff vicinity on Tuesday night, December 8, 1891, at 9:30 p.m., Carley son of Mr. O. S. and Mrs. Bell Vaughan, after a short illness passed quietly away. Age 16 years, 4 months and 15 days. Death is no respecter of persons. In this case it claimed for its victim the youth who, among the few, was promised with a bright future. On Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 a large crowed of friends and relatives were seen moving slowly from the family residence to the cemetery, and the procession was joined by Union Bluff’s entire school of sixty scholars, of which the deceased has been a scholar for the past eight years. After appropriate funeral service at the grave by Rev. J. M. McDaniel, the loved one and the pride of a happy family was laid quietly away in the moulding dust. Charley’s death brings sorrow to the hearts of many warm friends, and his death is almost unbearable to his sorrowing parents, brothers and sister. The parents and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community.

A precious one from you has gone,

A voice you loved is stilled,

A place is vacant in your home

Which never can be filled;

God in His wisdom has recalled

The boon his love had given,

And though the body moulders here,

The soul is safe in Heaven

R. L. B.

December 16, 1891 - UNION BLUFF - Three deaths to report, that of Charley Vaughan, Grandma Wilmoth and Walter Glass, all of which were interred in the Hicky cemetery.

December 16, 1891 - ITASCA - The city of Itasca mourns the death of a highly esteemed citizen in the person of Mrs. R. L. Dunn, who died at her home in that place last Saturday. Mrs. Dunn was postmisstress of Itasca and proprietor of the Dunn Hotel, and a very valuable citizen. She has resided in Itasca since 1885. She leaves two sons and a daughter, the latter being Mrs. J. H. Messimer, of Itasca, to lament her death, and all who knew the deceased are constrained by her noble character to mourn with those that mourn. The remains were interred at the Covington cemetery on Sunday morning.

December 23, 1891 - ITASCA - The death of Mrs. Dunn causes a vacancy in the post officer here. It seems to be the opinion and the wish of the people that Mr. J. H. Messimer succeed to the position.

December 23, 1891 - ITASCA - Mrs. Keesee, wife of Mr. Richard Keesee, died yesterday morning from pnenmonia. We ar sorry to learn of this sad misfortune to Mr. Keesee, and extend our sympathy in this hour of grief.

December 23, 1891 - DIED - At her home on Franklin street yesterday morning, Mrs. M. A. Gooding, wife of L. S. Gooding at the age of 48 years, 9 months and 9 days. Mrs. Gooding had been a sufferer for about two weeks with la grippe which run into pneumonia. Her son, Marion, at Gainesville, was telegraphed for as was also her brothers, M. L. and J. L. Woodridge, of near Paris, who were present during her last hours. The remains were taken to Paris this morning and will be interred at that place at 4:30 this afternoon. The sorrowing relatives have The sympathy of the community in this their sad bereavement.

December 23, 1891 - WHITNEY - The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Tom R. Stewart will be pained to learn of the death of his mother, Mrs. Rebecca Stewart, which occurred at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Laura Middleton, in Woodbury last Friday.

December 23,1891 - WHITNEY - At the residence of his father in the southern part of town last Tuesday afternoon, Mr. George McCabe, age 21 years, breathed his last. He was a victim of slow fever having been confined to his bed for this disease for several weeks. He was buried in the family cemetery in Bosque county, twelve miles below Whitney on the day following his death.

December 23, 1891 - W. T. and J. M. Herrick received a telegram Sunday afternoon conveying the sad intelligence that their mother, Mrs. W. D. Herrick, was dangerously ill at her home in Round Rock. The message having been received too late for them to go by the two o’clock train, they proceeded by way of Hillsboro, reaching Round Rock the next morning at five o’clock, but only to learn that the worst had come, death having claimed its victim about twelve hours previous. Mrs. Herrick was a daughter to Judge McCown, who resides near Whitney and was a sister to T. P. S., James and Fred McCown, all of who are citizens of this community.

December 30, 1891 - MOUNTAIN VIEW - Mr. John Hart’s fifteen months old baby died with pneumonia the 21st inst., and was interred in the Rockwll cemetery. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community.

December 30, 1891 - DIED - Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Dixon has the misfortune to lose their darling little babe, Thomas Heard, whose last breath was drawn at 4:48 p.m., last Sunday. It was a bright child of only six months and twenty-seven days, and the father’s and mother’s affections were centred upon it and it was hard to give the little one up, but we must bow in humble submission to Him who doeth all things well. The remains were interred in the city cemetery Monday at half-past three o’clock, Rev. J.H. Johnson of the Methodist church, conducting the funeral services.